OBSESSION

Abundance screen shot of video

Video Installation, 2019/2020

Limited Edition

OBSESSION

 

Video Installation 2019/2020

 

Reborn from Sea Foam (10`18”) 

Abundance (10`57”)

Lightness (10`36”) 

Flow of Life (10`43”)

 

Feeling the softness and warmth of Styrofoam spheroids on my skin, gently gliding along my body. Atmospheric noises fill the air. All senses are awakened. Living in the moment. Pure pleasure.

 

Moving through the landscape of hypnotizing videos and merging meditative sounds enables the visitors to immerse in a sensual parallel existence.

 

Links and passwords to watch trailers on request: info@sonjalackner.com

Consciousness

Consciousness (Triptych)

Motionlessness of the Body (left) 21 x 30 cm, Flowing Energy (middle) 21 x 27 cm, Turbulences of the Mind (right) 21 x 30 cm

Acrylic on Paper and Cyanotype on Fabric, 2020

Silence. No talking. No writing. No drawing. No music. No mobile phone. Meditating 10 hours per day. For 10 days. Observing every millimetre of my body. Observing my mind. Feeling pain from sitting without any movement. Sexual desire and anger appear. And stay. Trying to suppress them. Trying to not feel them. Hating the situation. Pain increases by so much resistance. Feeling stuck.

Vipassana meditation (2014).

 

Bright light. Warmth. Vibration. Energy. Feeling connected with myself. No thoughts. Peaceful emptiness. Silence. Holding my breath. Feeling dizziness. Condensed bright light rises from my belly up into my head.

Experienced during Kundalini Yoga (2016 – now).

 

Drawing nudes made me think why I still enjoy this so much. Then the question “Which relation do I have with my body and mind?” came up. Meditation means for me observing my body and mind from the inside. While drawing nudes brings my awareness to the outside and focuses on getting the essence of a person on paper with very few lines. 

 

What I admire about Cyanotype is that this technique works with sunshine and holds its beauty in its simplicity. The print visualizes the condensed bright light which I sometimes experience during Yoga.

FROM DEEP INSIDE

Series of 7 Photos - Limited Edition

Mystical

Photography, 2019

200 x 100 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 3 + 2 AP

100 x 50 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 5 + 2 AP

Open

Photography, 2019

120 x 80 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 3 + 2 AP

60 x 40 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 5 + 2 AP

Look

Photography, 2019

140 x 200 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 3 + 2 AP

90 x 60 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 5 + 2 AP

Who dares to enter?

Photography, 2019

150 x 150 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 3 + 2 AP

70 x 70 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 5 + 2 AP

From deep inside

Photography, 2019

100 x 150 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 3 + 2 AP

90 x 60 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 5 + 2 AP

Cosy

Photography, 2019

140 x 200 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 3 + 2 AP

90 x 60 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 5 + 2 AP

Luscious

Photography, 2019

120 x 80 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 3 + 2 AP

60 x 40 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 5 + 2 AP

FROM DEEP INSIDE

 

Series of 7 Photos - Limited Edition

 

After giving up my structured life and letting go the heavy weight of expectations, perfection and fears I entered an unpredictable world.

 

This new way of living appeared inscrutable and mysterious at the beginning (“Mystical”). When peeling off my mind-focused way of thinking an unknown path appeared (“Open”). Being overwhelmed by my intense feelings I oscillated between extremes including sexual desire, shame, losing my self-control and adapting to social rules (“Look”). I was magically attracted and terrified at the same time to enter my own darkness (“Who dares to enter?”). There was only one way: to take the risk, to step down and face my fears. Constraints got blurry and shifted. My inner contradictions cleared up. Life was gaining depth (“From Deep Inside”). Slowly I became comfortable in accepting my inner truth and found protection within myself. Going through this transformation sparked my inner light again (“Cosy”). Feeling released, I integrated my experiences in my now more liberated and joyful way of living, letting my light shine from within (“Luscious”).

 

Changing environment from my structured life in Switzerland to the vibrant centre of Barcelona facilitated to take first ambiguous photos. This included broad studies about different skin parts and intense emotions. Next, I travelled to Iran where I develop my series further. There I was feeling well understood in my diverse emotions. In Iran society is forced to life between extremes - their well-controlled public life and their proportionally free private life. My own discrepancies were intensified there, and this was an important experience to inwardly break-free. Back in Switzerland my diverse impressions matured, and this series took the definite shape.

 

My work will be featured at "photo Schweiz" in Zurich-Oerlikon at StageOne & Halle 622.

When: January 10th-14th, 2020

LE PARADIS D`APHRODITE

Series of 8 Photos - Limited Edition

intime

Photography, 2019

105 x 70 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 10 + 2 AP

60 x 40 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 10 + 2 AP

libertinage

Photography, 2019

105 x 70 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 10 + 2 AP

60 x 40 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 10 + 2 AP

idylle

Photography, 2019

105 x 70 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 10 + 2 AP

60 x 40 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 10 + 2 AP

90 x 60 cm, Lightbox Print, Edition 3 + 2 AP

séduction

Photography, 2019

75 x 50 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 10 + 2 AP

60 x 40 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 10 + 2 AP

amour fou

Photography, 2019

75 x 50 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 10 + 2 AP

60 x 40 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 10 + 2 AP

90 x 60 cm, Lightbox Print, Edition 3 + 2 AP

désir

Photography, 2019

120 x 80 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 5 + 2 AP

75 x 50 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 10 + 2 AP

60 x 40 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 10 + 2 AP

ardent

Photography, 2019

90 x 60 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 10 + 2 AP

60 x 40 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 10 + 2 AP

fantasmes

Photography, 2019

120 x 80 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 5 + 2 AP

90 x 60 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 10 + 2 AP

60 x 40 cm, Fine Art Print, Edition 10 + 2 AP

90 x 60 cm, Lightbox Print, Edition 3 + 2 AP

LE PARADIS D`APHRODITE

Series of 8 Photos - Limited Edition

 

Breaking-free from a logical-analytical way of thinking which I was accustomed to as a chemist, is the starting point of my art works. Diving into deep emotions and trusting my intuitive creative process has result in this series of sensual and ambiguous photos. Each photo contains a part of my transformative phase. Learning to fully love and accept myself including my erotic, intense, and vulnerable personality was most important. Paradise can only be found within us. The series “Le paradis d`Aphrodite” is provocative and subtle at the same time. The observer is invited to imagine his/her own captivating tale.

Developing the concept of applying pigment on skin in combination with photography included a broad material study during my residency in Barcelona.  Later, travelling to the land of contradictions - Iran - has inspired the way of expressing my sensual side regarding my own discrepancies. The tension between social expectations and celebrating femininity is condensed in the current series. Back in Switzerland I defined the light concept and picture details before producing the photos.

My work will be featured at "photo Schweiz" in Zurich-Oerlikon at StageOne & Halle 622.

When: January 10th-14th, 2020

 

And at "ARTBOX.SCREEN" at ARTBOX.GALLERY in Zurich.

When: September 2nd - 30th 

And: November 4th  - 30th

 

“Swiss Art Expo” at the “Walk of Art” at central station Zurich – main hall

When: August 15th – 19th, 2019