Portals to Another Landscape
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Upton Hall Czurles-Nelson gallery | Permalink
The Interior Design Department hosts an exhibition of installation and graphic work of the German Szenographer Kristina Siegel. A reception will be held March 7 at 5:00 p.m. Open to the public.
Portals to Another Landscape is a spatial installation based on a memento mori theme.
Immaterial tomb slabs sewn out of transparent silk organza with translations of their life-sized medieval portrait reliefs into abstract line drawings are placed upright in a circle around an empty center. This configuration makes reference to archaic burial sites and ritual places of the past. While the surrounding space showcases large landscape drawings representing the natural cycle-of-life, the inner center-space remains introverted, enigmatic.
The tomb slabs form imaginary portals marking a boundary that ultimately remains undecipherable. Their vertical position enables the portraits of those buried–which could be read as guardian figures or dissolving mirror images–to engage the viewer in a silent dialogue on the transitory nature of all things.
Siegel, originally from Dresden, Germany, now living part time in Buffalo, is an internationally acclaimed installation artist and scenographer.
She holds a master of fine art in scenography from the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden as well as a master’s in architecture from the University of Technology in Dresden.