“Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.”
W. Somerset Maugham, the Summing Up, 1938
Through the repetitious study of her surrounding environment, Marthe aims to portray the notion of found traces’/marks’ individual significance within its surfaces, and the potential she sees in them as narrators of the history of their origin, by breaking down the details and looking at the objects from various perspectives.
Within her work she hopes to convey the notion of a life past or an implied narrative through looking at traces and markings found in a specific site and enhancing their significance through the macro lens, projecting the images onto other surfaces, re-shooting them and obscuring/enhancing the images further. She also hopes to draw the attention to the delitescent link between the traces and markings in our surroundings and the written language as a means to “read” a narrative through spaces and surfaces. Hence the use of numbers as titles of her works. They are to resemble how we store memories, like a giant archive in our minds, or they could be dates of a time, stated in order to let the viewer “commit” the image into their archives.
Through the practice of photography it is this notion of narrative and time passing which Marthe tries to convey to the viewer. Through use of monochrome, ephemeral materials and simplicity in motif, she pursues to cast light upon how these marks and traces can be portrayed as a palimpsest of information, if we would only take the time to look more closely at them.
The aim at current time is to achieve a body of work capable of speaking for itself, welcoming the viewer to do their own “reading” and perhaps embed their own narratives through their interpretation of her presented images.