For centuries, the image type of the “Black Madonna” has been deeply rooted in Christian popular belief, and even today, believers make pilgrimages to these images of grace, which can be found all over the world, but especially in Europe. In the spirit of this tradition, I am looking for new content for this old type of image in my work “Nocturna”.
The title Nocturna (Latin: nocturnal) is a metaphor for the dark, the hidden, the mysterious. In contrast to her models, however, this Madonna is actually “black”, for her facial features point to an African origin. For humans as visual beings, colours have always had a strong symbolic power. Black, for example, represents the bad, the evil, while the colour white stands for purity and the good. According to this principle, people are often judged by the colour of their skin. The question of the “right” skin colour was and still is the reason for hatred, persecution and wars. It determines social status and economic success within societies.
With this work I would like to honour the “black Madonna” as a holy woman of colour.
There is a mental state called melancholy, gloom, or causeless sadness. This can be debilitating or a driving force. While melancholy was once celebrated as an artist’s muse, today it is underestimated and tabooed under the name “depression.”
The series feeling blue today shows photographic snapshots filtered through the melancholic gaze (blue in the meaning of melancholic or sad). The filter levels are symbolized by windows and water surfaces, which only allow a limited view through, as well as reflections and shadow images, which distort reality. The technical realization was done by means of cyanotype, whose typical hue is blue.
Urban Landscapes is the title of a series of snapshots of urban life: reflecting shop windows, asphalt, pigeons, hurrying passers-by, house facades, gates – unnoticed still lives.