House of the Wine Grower

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25.40 x 20.30 cm paper size
22.86 x 17.98 cm image size

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NB: This is a Lambda print on C-type photographic paper. All our prints come with a certificate signed by the artist and a unique edition number. The prints are produced with a white border around the photograph to allow for framing. We also have included some cotton gloves to protect the print during handling.

Constructing architectural spaces that can only be seen from a specific camera view point Christine Erhard creates images that hint at reality but are only ever imagined scenes.

She starts with found images, pasting them onto pieces of cardboard, which are fashioned into a 3D model, placing key objects to emphasis further the idea of perspective within the 3D model space. The model is built specifically for the camera and the process of photographing it unites the various fragments, photographs and objects into a coherent visual space, produced on a single, flat image surface.

Often evoking historical references in her work, "The House of the Wine Grower" grew out of a found photograph of a house belonging to a wine grower in Saillon, Switzerland built by Albert Sartorius in 1935. The original image showed a mere fragment of the architecture, limiting any real understanding of the form and structure of the building.

Christine used a photograph of an oil painting to provide a setting for the house and its vineyard, and combined the various fragments through the use of vertical pieces of wood that unite the pictorial space. Multi layered to provide perspective, the resulting image is also layered in its meaning.

While all Christine's work allows the viewer to see the artificiality of what they are looking at, in this photograph she has brought herself into the image by introducing her own studio. Careful inspection will reveal how she has contained the artificial scene within a gold frame while outside lies the wall and table of her own working space.

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