Silence, light and wide expanses are the main elements of Claudia Kraus’ poetic collection “land escapes”.
The mysterious, seemingly timeless landscapes are devoid of humans but still filled with life. They are surrounded by a mystical aura. Paths begin and disappear or end somewhere on the horizon. Fog obscures our sight, and we can often only guess at the shapes of trees and bushes. Her works are characterised by an intense play with light and shadow, soft shapes and textures. They are open spaces that evoke an inward turn and internal dialogue.
“Every day, we are confronted with an enormous flood of images and stimuli that threatens to sweep us away and disconnect us from the things that make us who we are. We are constantly compared and called to present ourselves, position ourselves. And after a time, we have the desire to flee: Into a world that is reduced to the most elementary characteristics, a world of calm.“ (Claudia Kraus, 2015)
With phoneography, Claudia Kraus has developed her own artistic and poetic aesthetics. Paint and brushes are replaced by a mobile phone and editing apps. The photographs themselves are mostly no more than sketches or starting points for an intuitive process in which she re-interprets, distorts and abstracts her subject.