Steg, 2006
Sandstrand, 2006
Plattform, 2006
Wald, 2006
Brüstung, 2006
Becken, 2006
Rastplatz, 2006
Parkplatz, 2006
Lauf, 2006
Pier, 2006
Leuchtturm, 2006
Mädchen, 2006
Hafen, 2006
Bergsee, 2006
Weide, 2006
Grillplatz, 2006
Schneezaun, 2006

Grit Schwerdtfeger

Distanz 2006             

 

“Cheerful, melancholy and frequently laconic, Grit Schwerdtfeger balances her art on the threshold between anticipation and memory.”  - Kristina Tieke

 

The photographs of German artist Grit Schwerdtfeger are enigmatic, distanced meditations on everyday places, landscapes and sites of social engagement. Distanz 2006 reveals the unusual beauty of familiar public spaces.  Balanced, symmetrical and controlled, to the point of near abstraction in some images, these serene, harmonious scenes belie the often chaotic nature of tourist and recreational sites.

 

Schwerdtfeger distances herself from her subject matter by employing a central perspective and rigidly controlled composition, in effect removing any specificity of place or time.

 

Born in Berlin, Schwerdtfeger completed her studies at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, where she currently lives; her work is included in corporate and private collections in England, France, Austria, Belgium, Germany and Canada.

 

Berlin-born artist Grit Schwerdtfeger completed her studies at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, where she currently lives. Her 2007 series, Distanz, invites the viewer into a visual world of casual beauty found in familiar spaces of leisure: beaches, spas, parks. Removed from place and time, the settings reflect a quiet sensitivity, captured in a modest format, central perspective, and layered symmetries. The artist maintains a controlled distance from the scene, always allowing the subdued colours of the landscape to reveal a reserved detachment. Within the serene order and harmony of the photographs, a sense of vacancy lingers. Human interaction is evident: traces of a domesticated landscape relate to the long-lasting relationship between nature and culture.

 

Schwerdtfeger has received numerous scholarships and awards, including a DAAD fellowship to study in Cuba, and a one-year residency at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Madrid. Her work is included in corporate and private collections in England, France, Austria, Belgium, Germany and Canada.