Untitled #20 (Open Road), 2017
Archival pigment print.
15 x 23 cm
Edition of 7 + 1 AP
In ‘Untitled #20’, we are drawn to an austere and monochrome scene in Stenneken‘s seemingly abstract photography. In spite of this, the work leads our eyes to it’s focal point, essentially leading into a landscape of nothingness. We are granted access to a world of details we would not necessarily pick up on without direction.
Judith Stenneken explores themes of civilisation, physical state and identity in her abstract photography.
This work is part of Stenneken’s series ‘a mountain is only a slow wave’. However, the works emphatically portray an alternate perception of the world. In essence, the series is intended to viewed as a whole body of work, with the works in dialogue with each other. Subsequently, Stenneken uses metaphors to address issues of through perceptive photography.
‘What if we leave our fear of change behind and accept that change is constant? What if we embrace change, make it our ally and learn how to live consciously in and through and with it in every moment?’
Stenneken creates a perceptive world of photography characterised by constant renewal and shifting physical states. From fixed to fluid to vaporous; a world where inside and outside merge, where rocks turn into water, identities are fluid and time collapses; its spaces and inhabitants mirroring the ever-shifting state of this world.