Sunday 22 November 2009

What's In A Picture?

Pathos in a Box
"Because I Must Stay Here"
Collage by Astrid Sodomka
Autonome Produzentengalerie
Schleifmühlgasse 12-14

Astrid Sodomka
is a young Viennese artist
who works with found and collected materials,
creating collages which she then conserves
in viewing boxes.

The work captured in the lower half of my photograph
is an assembly of cut-out photos of the artist
and of feral pigeons, taking up an entire room.
By chosing this large dimension
the artist invites the viewer
to become part of the walkable collage.

This is the original unaltered image.
I sepia-tinted the one in the previous post,
in the hope this would let the reflections
of cars parked in the street retreat into the background.

Information about the artist
was gathered at this website:
The title
Pathos in a Box
"Because I Must Stay Here"

is the artist's own.
All other text
and the photograph
are © by Merisi


  1. Disclaimer:
    I do not know the artist and did not photograph her work for profit. I simply love what she has created. Her collage stopped me in my tracks as I was hurrying home from the Farmers' Market. I chose to publish a blog post around it as a small contribution to the many young and not so young creative souls who delight my senses while walking along the streets of my new hometown.

  2. Ah! All is made clear! Thank you, Merisi -- an interesting piece!

  3. Vicki,
    I forgot to mention that the lady in the loft was for real, she moved! ;-) Could be the artist herself.
    Unfortunately, I did not have the time time to stop and ask.

  4. I'm glad I read all the way through that post, because I was sitting here thinking, "That chick's boots are TOAST."


    Word verification: "frali"
    Definition: Used to describe a very thin, weak dyslexic person.

  5. She did excellent job.

  6. very interesting art this!

  7. Thank you all! :-)

    That could be a really sticky situation,
    the boots I mean.
    Love your definition of "frali" - lately, word veri has definitely a poetic bend! ;-)

  8. Fascinating. I love the creative way people think and then put their ideas into reality. It would have stopped me in my tracks too.

  9. Cool! I like the reflection, though; it almost looks like part of the piece. What an interesting young artist. Thank you for your there's-more-to-this-city-than-Sachertorte glimpses of your "new" hometown.


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