Featured artist: Nora Schöpfer

Nora Schöpfer, neither different nor separated series, dancing seconds. Photography

Nora Schöpfer

Nora Schöpfer born in Austria, studied Graphics and Painting at the University of Applied Art of Vienna, in the master class of the International Austrian artists Oswald Oberhuber and Ernst Caramelle. Her work has been shown in Europe and USA in various group and solo exhibitions, as well as through nominations and art prices. Currently she lives and works in Austria.

Nora Schöpfer, floating seconds, 2011. Photography

“[…] Two aspects are obvious in the work of Nora Schöpfer: on one side, thematically and as well content related, her artworks are dealing with compression and dissolution, precisely with the moment in between. On the other hand it seems to be an interface on a medial layer between photography, painting and vice versa. […] In her work, the moment, through her very personally view on what is happening around her, becomes a poetic dimension in a very originally sense, as the perception of a moment, as an aesthetical and mysterious experience which is barely presentable. And it’s this ‘just now being able to capture’ which seems to be interesting for Nora Schöpfer. Somehow her pictures are ephemeral and light, also if they are hanging in a material form on the wall. Nora Schöpfer is locating the secret of the human existence in the moments and gaps of compression and dissolution, in the aesthetic product of a picture, and she begins there where the forms are starting to change again. When she is speaking about the quality of the intangible moment, it may point out, that this moment is just meeting the sudden fleetingness with an experience of happiness”.
Mag Günther Moschig, art historian and curator from Austria.

Nora Schöpfer, inside now, 2011. Photography

Since some years Nora Schöpfer has been working on several series, with names such as neither different nor separated, precious gaps, neither solid nor constant, which are a part of the work gaps between seconds.
Visual investigation of timelessness presence and a view of interconnection between existences are the themes in the work, which are approaching splits of moments with a taste of fluid boundaries, seen in a material way as well as related to a concept of identity. The imagination of a flow from each material into another is leading back to the interdependence between now and eternity.

The series are also focusing on a social and philosophical point of view, which investigates into the possibility of a social affinity through the insight that we are not really different and separated from each other, as it often seems to be in a common way. This is meant in terms of humans and them and nature.

Nora Schöpfer, permanent now, 2010. Photography

The shift of reality into a moment of ‘unknown now’ is operated by compositing different time and space layers and different techniques with photography, related to a process of painting.
Preferred scenes are locations where people are gathering in groups like public squares, places of art exhibitions and famous cultural places where a natural kind of perception situational already may lead into an indescribable state of timelessness.

With the disappearance of a specific identity, achieved through formal overlays up to anonymous images, the intention of the artist is to face a precious quality of the now, beyond any identification and valuation of something known. Dealing with a paradox, Nora Schöpfer aspires to depict the fleeting nature of form and thus to approach the presence of a moment.

more. www.noraschoepfer.com


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