Having chosen to be a photographer to « capture beauty », Helene Schmitz thus suggests the fragility, the ephemeral and almost ambiguous dimension of beauty. The main subject matter in her work is Nature, often equated with a form of Paradise by Western tradition. The reality is of course completely different. Nature has neither feeling nor intention; its only agenda is survival and expansion… Mankind admires its aesthetic beauty and finds comfort in it but also tries to conquer, exploit and organize Nature to counteract this chaos and its movement.
The frontal nature of Helene Schmitz’s photographs, built around a central axis, confers to the photographed space a scenic dimension. The artist thus manages to install a tension between reality and fiction.
Earthworks (2015) and The Forest (2016), the most recent Helene Schmitz’s photographs are featured in her third exhibition at the GALERIE MARIA LUND