BINDING, STITCHING, AND THE HAPTIC THREAD

January 11, 2013 10:09

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Tag Blick III (antizyklisch), 2002, Fotostitching

Annegret Soltau: Binding, Stitching, and the Haptic Thread, Text by Heather Hanna in EYEMAZING Magazin, Amsterdam NL, Winter issue 2012

Soltau`s Tagblick (Dayview) works, reference her own dental surgery. Her aesthetic surgery focuses on the eyes, our mode of seeing the world around us, of understanding it visually. These images refer not to an unknown victim, but to the artist who is both victim and perpetrator, patient and doctor, stitching herself together with a needle and strong black thread. Her injected eyes transfer their pain to ours, in a haptic violence. Those pictures of her face obliterated by an all-seeing eye play upon the language of “I” and “eye”, as identity is suggested as simultaneously fragmented, overwhelmed and horrible. (Hanna Heather, detail)