Ulla Nolden - Artist's Statement

Aspects of physical reality catch my attention: certain views, movements, spaces. Investigating and ultimately understanding the processes inherent to this mode of perception has become the focus of my practice.

Views: I see static elements of my physical environment as a grid of lines, colours and textures. The immediacy of this perception finds its representation in instantaneous photographs. Over the past decade those images have evolved into a documentation of my personal aesthetic.

Movements: By contrast, I experience the visual perception of movement as accumulative. Over time, observations of similar movements are layered to form one complete percept. As part of this process, the rules governing the movement are clarified. I translate those behavioural rules into computational instructions. The visual representation of the resulting abstract algorithm is informed by the aesthetic I develop in my photographic work. I situate the movement in virtual and physical environments.

Spaces: My current research is focused on spaces, particularly man-made environments which mainly consist of plants: gardens. I apply the same methodical research as I have when investigating my perception of views and movements. I want to distill and then represent the essence of what exactly fascinates me about gardens.