My work examines processes of decay and transformation in the landscape, in the landscape of memory and in the physical body. The aestheticizing of death functions in numerous ways -- from endless and loving depictions of the dead Christ to fallen soldiers on the battlefield; the glorification of death during the Nazi period and the current ritualized "martyrdom" of young Islamic radicals. I hope that in the empty landscapes of Central and Eastern Europe and in my images of physical decay I convey the fragility and complexity of sentient being; present, singular and inevitably lost.
Helmbrechts walk, 1998-2003 is currently at Hebrew Union College Museum in New York City and travels to Neuenhaus, Germany in June. It is the subject of two radio interviews - with ArtonAir.org and the BBC. being dead, 2009 (from the series found birds, 2000 - the present) will be the subject of solo exhibitions in Los Angeles and in Budapest in 2011. New projects include a photographic diary of sexuality entitled love in the ruins; sex over 50 and the video A child of 60's television singing songs that got stuck in her head -- depicting the artist singing intro songs to 60's tv shows. Her writings have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Podium, thirteen.org's REEL 13 and in ArtNet magazine. full bio at: www.susansilas.com