BLACK FOREST 2011-2012
Once I got lost in the forest at night. It was a very archaic experience. For the most part of the history people experienced woodland as a frightening wilderness populated by dangerous species and ghosts. You could go astray, starve, freeze to death or be killed by brigands and wolves. In the interpretation of dreams the forest is being regarded as a symbol of the female and the unconscious, which is associated with the mysterious, adventurous and the demonic. It is a place of ordeal and initiation, which the protagonist must live through to grow spiritually. You could get lost there forever, but in case of a return you would be changed. In the series “Black Forest” I strive to show woodland in a way I experienced it during that night like many generations did before me.