Tectonics is a photographic installation made of two series that relate to the physical forces that create landscapes. The research-based project was inspired by geological processes and informed by the romantic system of thought from the 19th century.
Tectonics is a mediation between the landscape and its representation. Three-dimensional models are made and photographed using maps and paintings as source materials. Which mountains are modelled is determined by areas of international border crossings. Tectonics seeks to negotiate through practice the ideas that inform our understanding of mountains as an aesthetic subject but also as a national limit: the tension of geography as landscape and simultaneously as a set of borders.
The first series, Fractures, are prints folded along its contrast lines to produce an object that resembles a topographical map. The print-map is shown horizontally, un-mounted, pinned onto a waist-height plinth. For the series Shiftings the models are lit using colours following Goethe’s colour theory. The resulting photographs are separated into the four lithographic colour plates and printed as two transparencies (each with two of the colour plates). The pair of incomplete but complementary transparencies is mounted parallel in a box-frame enabling the transparencies to be back lit. The images reproduce a full colour image only when they register in perfect alignment when viewed square on. As the viewer moves around the installation the register of the plates changes producing an image in constant transformation. Both series engage with the dialogue between space (sculpture, mountain) and the plane (photograph, map).