After several ups and downs in my nearly 25 years of creating art, I started, after a structured creative break on 21 November 2008, the new series “paperbag [reBORN]“. As everybody knows everyone in the large village of the Rhine valley and a few of my models want to be unrecognised, this form of conceptual performance photography offers the possibility to be photographed anonymously and in an erotic way. Every female model, who would like to participate in this project, gets her own paperbag. The models receive their own face in form of a paperbag which I create with different clippings I have collected over the last years. A numbered and dated unicum. I used the name reborn as the face is created with scrap paper. This face is breathed into life by the model. This is how everything started:
The project permanently develops further and there is the possibility to look at the embryos online. These prepared faces are waiting to be born! The visitors of my website can choose their unborn face and register for an exclusive series. Men receive a neutral paperbag.
The project matured in 2010 and up to now 35 different models were born. The first shooting always takes place in front of the same background in the studio – so to say – in the delivery room – the birth. Afterwards various locations are visited or we take the pictures in the nature.
The date of every shooting is registered on the back of the paperbag - like a curriculum vitae. The paperbag face can change over the months / years like everyone changes. The main features stay the same, but eyes, mouth or hair can be exchanged. We are working on a paperbag [reBORN] ID card. With this card the models should get different benefits, that still need to be defined. This way an own artificial and quite artistic identity is created.
At every exhibition the gallery receives a chosen face of a limited series printed on paper bags (approx. 100 pieces). These, through the identical reproduction so called clones, can be used as applied art e.g. as shopping bags or cloned to collector's items for all those interested.
The photos are developed in a limited edition (5 pieces) on plexiglas and presented. Unicums from the same series are also possible. The paper bags can be shown, upon request, but remain unsaleable. They have received an identity with a certain liveliness.
The main message lies in many different answers. In my opinion nobody is totally happy and might see his/her missing piece in this project. The missing piece to come closer to perfection. Showing the influence of the media. To hide pudency and insecurity behind a paper bag. To fulfil the wish to become perfect. To feel better through the role play and the mask. Plastic surgery through waste paper recycling.
paperbag [reBORN] is 12 months pregnant and has to be born. I can feel the potential and hope that people interested show appreciation with what I have set myself to do.
If you are interested, please feel free to read more about the concept on my website. THANKS and ENJOY
some single ARTworks in Group Exhibitions all over the World.
bigger Group / Single Exhibitions
2015 - London
2015 - Conrad Sohm
2014 - Junker Jonas Castle
2014 - photo14 Zurich
2013 - Feldkirch
2013 - Lauterach
2012 - Art Design Feldkirch
2012 - Art-Q Basel
2011 - Graz
2011 - Master FIAP