Fata Morgana in the Alps

Nóra Fanni Zentay
September 1, 2021
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As a visual artist, I use alternative photographic processes as a form of hybrid visual expression. I use analogue hybrid art techniques such as painting graphically (monotype prints), painting with lights and shadows (lumen print, cyanotype) while creating a chemigram means literally painting with photographic chemicals. Therefore it evokes the physics of painting. For me, this is an endless and magical passage through two different media. The focus of my art practice is to capture an everchanging, uncertain state - psychological state or the uncertainty in nature - that directs the attention of vulnerability as a human and natural condition and how vulnerability within stability is inevitable in our world. To express this insecure state of being, I use accidental tools and mistakes, broken materials or decades-expired photographic papers damaged by time. The Fata Morgana in the Alps series also captures this obscureness and uncertainty of life through ephemeral phenomena, the fata morgana, inspired by my past journeys in the Austrian Alps. The chemilumen process (combining the lumen and chemigram process) allowed me to revisit and re-create these places. I used the negatives of my photos while by ‘photographic painting’ (chemigram process), I could re-imagine and re-create the original sites through my feelings evoked by the landscape.

Nóra Fanni Zentay was born in 1987 in Budapest. She is a Hungarian visual artist and researcher. She earned an MA in Graphic Design from the University of Hertfordshire (IDI), UK and completed the Doctoral Programme in Film, Media and Contemporary Culture at Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary. Currently, she is an external lecturer and researcher as a PhD candidate. During her postgraduate studies, she has developed an intermedial and hybrid art practice through analogue printmaking that includes both traditional graphic printmaking (monotype, collagraph print) as well as alternative photographic printing processes such as cyanotype vandyke, lumen, chemigram and chemilumen process.
Nóra Fanni Zentay
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