Monologue of the lens
This most recent, sensuous cycle of images by Iwona Biedermann depicts a self-contained, silent universe of forms carried literally on the back of the snail shells attached to the equally remote vibrantly textured stones.
The photographs are so closely link to time and it captures time on two different planes. The expensive surfaces of stone are directly related to the petrified snail dwellings. The chemistry between them is apparent. Although their distinctive motion seems to sing silence in unison they are not parallel but rather fused by time unfolding in a very different speed – organic and mineral – which takes place in the realms where time matters and is equally important, but represents distinctive gravity and sense of urgency.
The fine line between anonymity of the snail and stone, the very point where they merge is cool and withdrawn, yet it does simultaneously radiate with charisma and pure presence. The juxtaposition of inaccessible landscape of stone and linear, ornamental loneliness of the snail shell creates a unique aesthetic moment, which seems to be justified by the single unifying purpose – a selfless impulse that takes them both toward an inextinguishable hunger for Beauty.