GREAT STORIES TOGETHER

ONLINE FESTIVAL FRI 1 - SUN 17 MAY 2020

Giclee print 100 x 137cm
2016

MT. PARIS DAM

ILONA SCHNEIDER

ARTIST STATEMENT

Poetry of  Image

Mt. Paris Dam and Andrew Tarkovsky

The poetic image is an expression of truth.
A revelation that expresses itself
in the poetry of perception.
Like the poetic images in Andrew Tarkovsky’s films
It gives birth to symbols and allegories.

When I discovered this site
I found myself in the realm
of familiar wonder
Not for what it is or was
but simply for the imagination
that it evoked in me.

ARTIST BIO

I was apprenticed as a photographer in Salzburg under the professional guidance of Ingrid von Tautscher. Her studio was renowned for portraits of artists and performers from the Salzburger Festivals. In 1994 I immigrated with my daughter to Australia, where I continued working as a freelance photographer in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. In 2007 I moved to Tasmania where I completed a BFA degree at the School of Fine Arts in 2017.

In Melbourne I began to develop a body of work on cityscapes and urban landscapes, using large- and medium-format cameras. Inspired by Albert Renger-Patzsch, Joseph Sudek, David Plowden, Charles Sheeler and others, I discovered abstract spaces within the urban/industrial landscape that evoke play and contemplation. I processed the negatives in PMK, a negative developer made famous by Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, which increased the dynamic range of tonality, giving my final prints an outstanding quality. I learned how to realize this intrinsic print quality in the digital medium in color photography through the techniques established by Les Walkling. Like Walkling, I am drawn to the rich aesthetic and tactile richness of contemplative detail which serves as a base for an open dialog that speaks to the viewer. In my work, print quality is intrinsic to what I’m trying to communicate. I don’t just deal in concepts, but rely on our aesthetic sense of the print in color, texture, and tonality.

My recent work revolves around the inter-zone of industry, technology, and landscape. Following the paths of the industrial history here in Tasmania, I found the debris of an industrial landscape. It is an archeological journey of an industrial civilization that made Tasmania into the place it is today. The main body of this revolves around photographic prints but I am also developing a video and soundscape on the subject of ‘Interzone’.