March 2006

Tree Island

Tree Island

In this exhibition Nadine Ethner makes a clear departure from her earlier, concentrated quest to decode and reprocess urban signs. She has discarded the abstract signs of the urban calligraphy seen in her last exhibition to make room for what is an almost poetic reflection on nature. Her source of inspiration is no longer the city, but nature; no longer the wanderings of her soul and her person, but a confirmation of being rooted in a space that exists first and foremost as a place for her soul and then as a place that one can point to in the physical world. At their core, what these works do is confirm Nadine Ethner´s bond with a cultural and emotional legacy that she has now chosen to reproduce — the delicate poetry that emanates from her photos is a manifestation of the German Romanticism that surely had some influence on her schooling. By choosing a tree as an archetype, she reveres its special status in nature as the only organism that reaches its roots deep into the soil to soak up water, the ancient symbol of life.

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