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Josiane Keller

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Lives in
London /Chicago /Kyoto


Edinburgh College of Art, UK, 2002, Postgraduate Diploma (Painting)
Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Metropolitan University), UK, 2001, MA Fine Arts
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam /NL, 1995, Basic Year
State Technical School of Ceramics Landshut, Germany, 1992, Geselle of Ceramics

digital, photography, surrealism, conceptual, video-art, figurative, puppetry, stop-motion animation

Artist Statement


I am working on constructed photographs that look like casually taken snapshots and further: images that represent my actual visual experience more truthfully, since images from commercial photography in our daily surrounding based on general aesthetic requirements as well as highly advanced technical possibilities do not at all correspond to my personal visual experience and are therefor not satisfactory to me.

I create all my models myself from ceramic, which gives me an unlimited range of expression as opposed to working with bought, commercially fabricated figures. This process is relatively time-consuming and the completion of each image takes on average about two weeks.

Since I am creating my models myself I have to first imagine how they should look like and design them accordingly, depending on my visual memory. By working in this style my photography is also related to the process of drawing/painting.

I also create street photography of actual living people, which I use as inspiration, but I never recreate a photograph with models that I took from actual life people.

I am researching the difference between a photograph of a human being and a photograph of a figure of a human being.
To what extent it is possible to express the same thing using these obvious small scale artificially made models for what usually is being expressed in photographs of living people?
What are the basic essentials we need in order to be convinced an inanimate object, for instance a young woman’s face (from ceramic) is alive, although we should know (based on what we see) that it isn't, so it works as a vehicle to trigger a certain emotion in us?
I am interested in finding out where the border is, if there is any.

Recent Exhibits

Josiane Keller participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2014 Fractured Yet Rising
ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation
Apr, 2012 Re/Invention
ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation
Feb, 2011 ARC Gallery February 2011: Juried Group Exhibition
ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation
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