Dutch-Swiss artist Renée Chabot explores the space between perception and reality in her extraordinary sublime photographs. Her series ‘In Between’ exemplifies this creative journey.
Built by early modernist architects Karl Moser and Robert Curiel in 1914 the atrium of the University of Zurich exhibits the transition from classic to modern architecture, thus presenting the perfect visual analogy to depict Renée Chabot’s vision for her series In-between. In Chabot’s hands Moser and Curiel’s architecture becomes a pivotal place between fact and fiction as her lens transforms the solid walls into a living breathing entity of light, colour and shadow. Each tone seems to vibrate and pulse with energy merging the physical with perceived psychological forms
Chabot’s photographs figurative elements directly and through multiple exposures, which are both over and underexposed. The resulting colours are accidents generated in the camera, blending natural light with artificial light. The homogenous outcome blends all the hues of the spectrum against the architectural attributes of the atriums walls into a pictorial image akin with traditions found in abstract painting. These expressions of colour seem to dematerialize between reality and perception. Chabot’s intimate understanding of light controls the colours created -although accidental – as it bounces between the interiors of both the building and her camera. Dissolving these two elements into each other the photographs themselves depict our optical unconsciousness resulting in meditative and inspiring works that sit between the genres of painting and photography that disappear between the boundaries of existence, solid yet immaterial.