From the "SHICHECHA (OBLIVION)" series, 2012
Ink on paper
The series entitled "SHICHECHA (OBLIVION)"
developed in a number of stages. It began
as ink drawings of landscapes, based on a
video that Sasportas filmed at the bog. Back
at her studio, she projected this extract of
nature — to act as a visual trigger and to
import a certain energy for the drawings she
made. Then she added details from memory and
refined the rendition of light, according
to the season and the hour of the day and
her own state of being at the time. Another
visual source was provided by computed
tomography (CT scans) of the human head.
By differentiating between levels of tissue
density, CT scans can identify internal
bleeding and other forms of brain damage
that affect memory. Sasportas's combination
of these two types of image creates complex
landscapes replete in emptiness and
compounded of disintegration, as that which
exists gives way to oblivion.
At a later stage, the artist added concentric
circles that evoke the pupil of the human
eye as it contracts and dilates — an echo of
the way in which the bog recedes and expands.
She associates the lighter areas in the
landscapes with cataracts or blind spots
that obstruct vision.
Photographs by Ariel Caine
© Artist / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013
courtesy Sommer-Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv and Galerie EIGEN+ART Leipzig/Berlin