My first approach to an unknown area is always: walking. Without a certain destination I follow the attraction of particular features of the landscape, shapes, tracks, light situations. The site of my work is not just a background for me, it's more a kind of "fabric", with many material and immaterial layers. The goal is, that my work becomes part of this fabric - merging into the site, as if it had always been there.
Walking in the sculpture park I came to the dry creek bed, a small valley, which meanders through the otherwise flat terrain. So the idea of a bridge came quite "naturally". Also the material came quite "naturally" - it was just nearby: dead trees, found in the park and weathered boards from a broken cabin in the mountains. This kind of coincidence makes the work look "natural", like a normal bridge someone has built to cross the creek.
But unfortunately crossing is impossible: the bridge is breaking apart ! Or are the pieces just coming together? Which invisible forces are in action here? It appears, as if a film has stopped - a moment of "frozen time".
I'm fascinated by this transient thing called "moment" or "presence." The mysterious rupture between past and future. Consequently my work aims to cause a moment of irritation, by adding an element to the scene, which refuses to fit into the expected order. On the whole when we look, we don't see. We wander in a sort of monologue with ourselves. Moments of irritation and amazement can shake us out of this mental drowsiness.
I like this idea of showing that there is something invisible to be found in the visible. I like to awaken the joy of thinking about possibilities, about what might be. I'm interested in the constant interplay of order and chaos! Material and immaterial. Construction and deconstruction. And I don't see them as contradictions. They are like poles that exist in everything.
If the bridge is breaking apart, or growing together? Both is possible at the same time...
Artist in Residence 2018
The Bridge (2018)
Cornelia Konrads (Germany)
Material: lodge pole, weathered barn boards, steel rope, fasteners
Length: 66 Feet (20 Metres)
Height: 13 Feet (4 Metres)