Project Description

NUMEN

2015–2021

Photography  /  Land  /  Installation  /  Video
Numen is a series of photography, video, installation- and land art. 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 photography, sculpture, video, and land art. The intention of the work is to simulate and interact with natural phenomena revered by our early ancestors. The numinous foundations for nascent religious belief systems.

Photography represents physics that transcend our normal understanding of reality. Solid materials can become translucent, blurred masses; and spans of time can become 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”. I use the traditions and techniques of land- and installation art to create work that can only “exist” or gain potency within photographic space. This singular space is fit to present an explicit portrayal of the “supernatural” by projecting the myth-making imagination onto the reality-presenting photograph. From this context, I launch an exploration into reverential practices that informed ancient human’s attempt to forge meaningful relationships with Nature, landforms, celestial bodies, and their sublime implications.

If the conclusion of the Anthropocene casts humankind into the Desert to begin again – concretely and metaphorically – will our collective consciousness retain fragments of our past cultures? 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