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New Coordinates for a New Image

My work is mainly about the search for new coordinates. I find a visual stance at a certain location. That location is both a place of desire and a real place at the same time. Although it is only one place, it stands for many places. 

Searching for and finding that new place with new coordinates leads to new visual solutions too. 

A surface is a solution for an image. I mark a place, but at the same time I'm also marking a surface. The nothingness of the surface has a color. The nothingness has a color. Next to it is an image. These planes move. 

In the same way that I used to work with superimposition, I now work with placing colors, images and signs next to one another. All that yields the new coordinates I'm after, the new position of the place of desire.

What role does that place play when we are not there? We begin to perceive it. And I record it in my images. 

Abstract becomes concrete. Concrete becomes abstract because of the many layers. 

The stamp of our own history shapes the signs in our images. Being anchored in the image of my new location and having the option of selecting a new location during the next sequence make the image part of a journey, a journey that simultaneously expands into images. Does our identity become clearer to us when we think about universally recognizable images? Does our identity become clearer to us when we repeat? Repeating what we repeated what we repeated. Or does our identity become clearer to us when something unexpected occurs, something new crops up, something extreme drives us to the edge? 

At that precise moment when we allow ourselves to be moved by something that has never moved us before, or by something that we have never known before—that is when the coordinates move. The result is a new image. The new image starts a new story. The place is defined by visual coordinates. 

We transport something that used to be somewhere else. We transport it from our history. From here to there. From the past into the present. From the world into the image. New coordinates for a new image emerge. Determining the location: I mark a place ✕ . Two lines become a cross. They meet in the middle, where I stand and strip the image of its leaves. 

Long-term projects contain many images. A journey, a loop. The journey begins at one point and ends at another point. Each person can begin the journey at any point they like and finish the journey at any other point they like. It is always cyclical. It is always starting. New cycles are beginning all the time. Every one is new. The journey is starting again right now!

Nadine Ethner