Marie Wengler (born 1992)
Since a young age I have worked with and have been interested in both arts and photography. Over the years it has become increasingly obvious to merge the two disciplines, and during the past years I have explored and developed my own artistic photographic expression.My experimental approach to photography has resulted in several different photographic series of widely varying themes and artistic focus, and it will certainly continue to evolve in the future years.
Interesting about photography as an artistic expression is that photography actually is everywhere at every moment, and has gone from mysterious to fake to simulative, as Maier-Aichen once has said. Since the photograph therefore can be found everywhere and we are all somehow endowed with smart phones and other technology that allows photography everywhere at all times, how should we then handle photography as a medium for artistic expression?
In my opinion, it is necessary to rethink photography as an artistic medium, by staging and think through every single photograph before shooting it – not only shooting photographs as random snapshot. Furthermore, new digital manipulation technologies makes it possible to transform the photograph so that selected parts are highlighted and others removed. This can – which I find interesting as an artist – challenge the viewer’s perception of the real and unreal. When producing a photograph, does it then show us reality or an illusion? Is a photograph more unreal today because of the new technologies, or have photographs always undergone varying degrees of manipulation (even in the analog sense)?
In October 2012 I worked as an intern for the world-renowned and recognized photographic artist Susanna Hesselberg and have taken courses at IPC (International Center of Photography). I’m also a part of The National Gallery of Denmark and have in this connection participated in different international conferences regarding art and museums in the future. I’m also studying Sociology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark because I find that the study supply my artistic practice in a very positive way.
Furthermore I’m the editor of TOXIQUE – a magazine about haute couture fashion and art – and I have my own company where I offer photographic, graphic and enhancement solutions, in addition to web design (including this website). I’m too just about to launch my own jewelry and clothing brands and publish my first collection of short stories.