Cristina Sáez investigates the ways in which we identify and relate to our environment, with particular attention to the interplay between sensory experience, memory and myth in the perception of the landscape. In this new series of large format colour photographs she re-examines the myth of the forest in the Western imagination in relation to traditional notions of landscape, the picturesque and the sublime. The project is largely inspired by Tim Ingold’s work on the weather and the temporality of the landscape where he states we cannot see unless we are immersed from the start in what Maurice Merleau-Ponty calls ‘the soil of the sensible’: that is, in a ground of being in which self and world are initially commingled.
Cristina completed an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths in 2006 following a BA in Psychology at the Universidad de Deusto, Spain and moving to London in 2001. She was one of the first participants in Creative Connection run by Photofusion, London Printworks Trust and Raw Material.
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