Eleonora Sher

2018, MA Art and Science, Central Saint Martins , UAL

"Often referred to as “foreign” here yet also labelled as the “English cousin” back home; I think this, among many other reasons, is why I am fascinated with exploring the concept of identity in my research and practice. Despite the vast and increasing interest in identity across a broad spectrum of disciplines, the concept itself remains somewhat of an enigma. It proves difficult to review all the research on the subject and give a short and adequate summary of its meaning. With a background in Psychology and Photography I decided to continue my research and embark on a masters in Art and Science at Central Saint Martins to further express, explore, and question ideas about identity. My practice explores the multifaceted theme of identity. Fascinated by the ubiquity of the digital image and technology I work predominantly with photography and large mixed media installations—also playing around with the idea of what constitutes an image. Investigating the psychological and philosophical questions surrounding identity and questioning the relationship between the subjective and objective aspects of identity, my practice explores how these theories and concepts translate into artistic expressions.
My latest project Landscape and Memory explores the common link in human attachment to landscape and how we find identity in landscape and place. Exploring the parallels of the landscape as the embodied mind and memory, and landscape as a physical place. Simon Schama contends that 'landscape is the work of the mind. Its scenery is built up as much from strata of memory as from layers of rock.' Landscapes are the nucleus of our intangible values that form our very existence, consisting of both personal and collective memories. Landscape can therefore be seen as a cultural construct in which our sense of place and memories inhere."
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Landscape and Memory | Dolomiti
Photo screen-print on thread  
100 cm x 70 cm