Judith Stenneken

Untitled #48, 2012

Archival pigment print on Hahnmuehle Paper

60 x 90cm

Edition of 5 + 1 AP

German artist Judith Stenneken often depicts themes of civilisation, physical state and identity in her illuminating photography. As part of this, her series ‘illuminate naturally in darkness’ (2013-2017), portrays images of ‘the journey’, ‘the voyager’ and transitory spaces (like hotel rooms) as metaphors to describe transition as the sole constant in life, and ‘in-betweenness’ as the only state of being.

“Everything is ongoing and never finished. Transition is a permanent condition. There is no beginning, middle nor end. There is no sunset, nor is there a sunrise – instead we are the ones in motion.”

Ultimately, this illuminating photography explores elements of departure and arrival,  in this superimposed hotel. With attention to this, any element of transience dissolves once there is movement. Specifically, this compelling photograph shows Judith herself on a visit to Las Vegas, she examines the moment the voyager’s home becomes the hotel room and the airplane. Above all, Stenneken sees these spaces as somewhere to pause, but never to dwell. Additionally, the layers within the image blur, so city, room and time fuse, dissolving into each other, showing our state of constant flux and transition.

“It is almost banal to say so yet it needs to be stressed continually: all is creation, all is change, all is flux, all is metamorphosis.” – Henry Miller