The starting point of the project is the “selfie” and self-presentation. It is quite common these days to create a perfect presentation of oneself in photos covering up any “flaw” and “imperfection” by using digital editing and filters. Here, an abstraction of selfie images is intended to establish analogies to the monographs and nature studies of Ernst Haeckel. His drawing studies create a direct connection between the aesthetic and the scientific. The uppermost order for this zoologist was vividness: In his illustrations, he shows us what exists and how beautiful it is, just like our intention with selfie images to show how beautiful we are.
© Julia Leeb
4 / Tummelplatz 1
Q Where would your dream expedition go?
Q What would you do if you had not followed this profession?
A run a sausage stand
Q What is the NOW for you?
The superimposition of these pictures/layers shall create a new complete picture, a graphic object that combines both: the “perfect” world of nature and the phenomenon of self-presentation. We feel the yearning for connection, want to be one with nature, and have a conscious approach to our environment. Then again, we indulge in the urge for “artificial” (self-)presentation, thus we deform and “bend” ourselves. In the end, these ideas of beauty and perfection can only be compared to an endless loop – a Möbius strip – with no fixed point of reference.