Give an old bed linen another chance
Organic, a set of embroidered photo collages
Sophia Keller Girón
« A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know»
This statement of the photographer Diane Arbus goes perfectly well with my embroided photo collages. It is an invitation to seek in them the dialogue between the embroidery, the images of transforming compost and the fabric as an image carrier.
An old damask bed sheet, possibly washed a hundred times, is used as a print carrier for assembled compost photographs, embroidered and photographed again, giving it another chance to step into a new light.
Organic processes and their results fascinate me and I wish that this appreciation and enthusiasm can be felt when looking at my photo collages.
«Sustainably impressed by the diversity and abundance of fabrics, woven by the Mayans in Guatemala I wished to find out more. My soul was touched and being a textile arts teacher I started to learn some of these quite complex weaving techniques. Sitting outside, my backstrap loom attached to a tree and trying to get along with all the threads, I became aware of the profundity of this textile universe and experienced
that beyond of every piece of wonderful fabric
there are people with many stories to tell.
My photocollages want to show you those
stories; they also are a tribute to Guatemala’s rich textile culture. Enjoy them and tell yourself
your own story!!!»
Texte, Übersetzungen und Fotos im Buch
«Maya Textilien aus Guatemala Kleider für die Seele» Gitta Hassler Völkerkundemuseum der Universität Zürich ISBN 3-89790-237-0 2006
Fotos im Katalog «Biennale Internationale de Fotografie Medalla Gaudi» Reus Spanien