Verzasca FOTO Festival Awards 2017
Maria Teresa Andres Rodriguez
About the series Amid:
This series of digital photographs prompts us to enter micro-liminal landscapes, the in-betweens of two worlds, the upside down, the mirrored and the provisional, water acts as protagonist forming the uniting element of the individual works. Some of these photographs were part of the 2014 Finals Artist Exhibition at the Loughborough University School of the Arts and Drama where the artist created an exhibition of three invented artists, their biographies and art work around the theme of liminality: „Liminality Group Exhibition“(2014). Ewan Thoth was the pseudonym chosen for an English artist especially moved by the landscapes of Leicestershire and water, finding beauty even in a minor puddle. The artist is also influenced by the Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky who used water as a recurrent element, e.g., in “Stalker” or “Nostalgia”. Tarkovsky remarks:
There is always water in my films. I like water, especially brooks. The sea is too vast. I don't fear it; it is just monotonous. In nature I like smaller things. Microcosm, not macrocosm; limited surfaces. I love the Japanese attitude to nature. They concentrate on a confined space reflecting the infinite. Water is a mysterious element... because of its structure. And it is very cinegenic; it transmits movement, depth, changes. Nothing is more beautiful than water.
Andrei Tarkovsky, cited after Peter Green (1993), Andrey Tarkovsky: The Winding Quest, Macmillan, London.