KIRSTEN KAY THOEN ARTIST STATEMENT
My artwork is concerned with the impacts of accelerated technology, and its inundation of imagery, on our connections to nature. While I am drawn to work with the illusive realism of photography, my creative process challenges the mediums traditions as I re-work my imagery of nature into sculptural forms to achieve a symbiosis between image and form. The multi- dimensional works are vital objects, exposing the image as not the end-point but a catalyst for transcendence.
The fragmented nature of photography is utilized as the works explore and contemplate patterns in nature, geometry and fractals. Architectural philosophies constructing synergetic relationships between nature and the design of space are of interest. The process engages a dialogue between the image’s content and its physical form, simultaneously questioning and provoking the works ability to evoke nature and its metaphysical qualities, or what visionary Rudolph Steiner coined ‘supersensible phenomena’. Together the works assemble a personal vision of a contemporary nature-culture.