Project Description

NUMEN

2015–2021

Photography  /  Land  /  Installation  /  Video
Numen is a series of installation- and land art within the context of photographic space. The intention of the work is to simulate and interact with natural phenomena revered by our early ancestors: the nascent foundations of religious belief systems.
Numen is a series of installation- and land art within the context of photographic space. The intention of the work is to simulate and interact with natural phenomena revered by our early ancestors: the nascent foundations of religious belief systems.

Photography represents physics that transcend our normal understanding of reality. Solid materials are rendered translucent and blurred; spans of time are merged into singular moments. When paired with the infinite possibilities of post-production, the photograph itself becomes an idiosyncratic and extended space for the imagination – a “supraspace”. In Numen, alignments and installations are made to exist only within photographic space. This space becomes a metaphorical spirit world where explicit portrayals of the supernatural are projected by the myth-making imagination onto the reality-presenting photograph.

If the conclusion of the Anthropocene casts humankind into the desert – the ultimate terminal landscape – will our collective unconsciousness retain fragments of our past beliefs? If we would rebuild a spiritual and religious framework; could photography function as an instrument for reverential art practices, akin to cave paintings and megalithic structures?


numen : a spiritual force or influence often identified with a natural object, phenomenon, or place

Mountain / Rock

LAND STONES

Land / Earth

Stars / Moon

Lunar eclipse simulaTOR

Sky / SUN

SUN ROCK