Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster…

Dominique Gonzalez-Foersters work invites the viewer to virtually adapt the works to suit themselves, inevitably supplementing them with their own emotions and idea when approaching them.  Gonzalez-Foerster formulates and tests various vocabularies of the imagination and memory.  In her atmospheric environments she creates links to real or invented stories that speak of the relationship between individuals and their environment, and the fluidity of this relationship in impressions, memories, projections and dreams.  The works become fragmentary narratives created from colour, personal references and precisely composed passages of emptiness.  Gonzalez-Foerster is interested in the way in which spaces reflect people’s stories, obsessions and wishes.  The works thus become transitory places that oscillate between inner intellectual spaces, and those outside: beyond our body.

In Séance de Shadow II (1998), the visitor is aware of a blue glow emanating from a corridor-like space. Entering the room triggers a series of bright lights, casting shadows of bodies and objects onto a blue-painted wall.

Gonzalez-Foerster is interested in subjective experience, and the ways in which emotions and physical sensations are translated into visual form. Here the work is a living surface in which the movement of visitors is transformed into a theatre of performing shadows, making us aware of our bodies, and making us conscious of ourselves as actors as much as viewers.

Gonzalez-Foersters work has parallel’s with my own practice.  She too is interested in the ways in which we associate with space, how we formulate our perceptions of space and how this experience becomes fragmented by time and memory.


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