NOW. What’s this? Ceramics? Painting? Photography?

Josiane Keller’s original training in ceramics and later painting lead to the question in what way we visually perceive a 3D tangible object. This question came up with the realization that in most cases people get to see objects not in their actual 3D form but instead as 2D reproduction in books, art magazines or online. Looking at a tangible figure, are we actually able to see it in 3D or do our brains perceive a 2D image? Vice versa, when looking at a painted or photographed figure, does our brain translate it into a 3D image? Keller decided to create 3D work, but by photographing it turning it into 2D work.

This process also investigates OWNERSHIP of art. What is the essence of visual art, its tangible substance and materialistic qualities or its underlying philosophy? Is it necessary or even possible to physically and legally “own” art, and if so: which part of it do we own and how does this manifest itself? Do we need to possess the actual work and if so, how often do we need to view it or do we actually no longer need to view it at all after we bought it? Or, can we “own” art by looking at it?

Keller is near-sighted as well as face-blind (‘Prosopagnosia’) and thus experiences difficulties recognizing people even though she met them before, even recognizing herself in a mirror. It is easier for her recognizing people (inclusive herself) on photographs.
Since recognition is based on memory the comparison between 2D and 3D, ‘visual perception’ and ‘visual memory’ have become over time increasingly relevant to her work.

In this category you find completed projects consisting of a series of images to a specific theme.