Elisa Bracher (1965 - )

Untitled (2002)

Etching on paper
height: 60cm
width: 60cm

Donated by Elisa Bracher 2002


Elisa Bracher's monumental wood sculpture enacts the effect upon the viewer of a vast vertical form in the landscape: that of establishing a site, a focal point around which people gather and to which one's gaze is drawn. Using an entirely different medium and method, her series of etchings explore a connected interest in the changing space between land and sky. This space, Bracher has commented,'Remains shapeless; it varies with the mountainous aspect of the land.'

Bracher is interested in how we use our vision to establish our sense of place or ground; as she has said: 'when we open a window our gaze naturally moves toward the sky, or toward the broad horizon.' These economic yet monumental images serve to document the oscillations of our gaze, as it continually establishes changing horizons between land and sky. Fragmentary glances at the urban sky are translated into a series of images, which are then reconfigured upon the wall. Taking on a quality more traditionally attributed to sculpture, or latterly installation, these images approximate the scale of the human body. The effect is one of bringing about awareness that the ground beneath our feet, taken as firm and continuous, is in fact in constant movement: 'When we look down we see just how much reality differs from our expectations. The miniscule earth beneath our feet is as mountainous as the horizon seen out beyond the window: the earth and the sea.'

Isobel Whitelegg, 2008

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