Artist Statement

My artistic practice is concerned with photographs of people, landscapes, townscapes and housing areas. The photographs document a spatial experience and seek to convey the structures and concepts that surround us in our day-to-day lives. My interest lies in the particular Scandinavian experience of the proximity of urban life to nature and the boarder zones which can be found in the outskirts of any town, that is neither nature nor culture, but a bit of both. I am interested in places where people go for recreation, such as the park, waste ground, playing fields and playground. What do we do in these places? How do we use them? What do they look like?

My interest is in the landscape as a conception, as a process where both social and subjective identities are constructed. I attempt to decode structures and hidden connections in our environment. In what way do we organize our surroundings and how does this effect the way we are living, our patterns of behavior?

I perceive the city as a labyrinth with many possible entry points, exits and dead ends with the possibility of multiple choice for those using them. I look at architecture as a social process that shapes and is shaped by public spheres, traffic, housing and life. Urban space is a social product where power structures, differences and coincidences become visible through the dominant narratives.

The archaeology of memory is also important in my works, which can be seen both as documentary windows looking out on specific landscapes, as well as mirrors with subjective and often invisible connotations where my image and the spectators image can mirror each other and communicate with one another.

My work also includes video, film and objects. The videos are very often like living still pictures and are dealing with the notion of time, questioning our conventional perception of time and our experience of the past, the present and the future. The videos thus work as a visualization of time as an ideological construction.

Marte Aas
Untitled (Jenny after Man Ray) 2010 Inkjetprint, 50x70cm