Venue: Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris, France
from 22-03-2016 to 30-04-2016, From tuesday to saturday at 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Opening reception : Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 from 6 to 9 pm.
Originally from Austria, she became an artist in her thirties. From a certain distance, her artworks look like colored pencil drawings. But as you get closer, you can perceive the grain of the black and white photograph, and also hundreds of threads, overlapping on the image. Iris Hutegger, passionate hiker of the Alps, takes photographs of these rocky elements she knows since childhood using color films she then develops, often months later in order to distance herself from the memory of the place, in black and white and which gives the mountains a pronounced grain and a lunar appearance. Her work process is slow, meticulous and laborious. With the sewing machine, she brings to the landscape a unique color, a vegetation and geological dimension that never existed. We shall know nothing of the places she photographed, only that they are landscapes, empty of any human or animal presence, and where vegetation merges with the rock, out of season. This technical choice brings the reality of a familiar landscape to abstraction, leaving only traces of shapes and textures.
Submitted by Esther Woerdehoff