I have known the artist Anita Hohengasser for over 30 years. We met when I was living in St. Gallen in Switzerland in the 80s. I have always been a fan of her work and I have followed her career through all the phases she has worked through over the years. These are two images from her most recent work – March 2011. It reminds me of what she was working on when we first met. Then she was exploring self portraiture the way Cindy Sherman’s early work did – but in these new pieces I can see the wealth of experience she has built up over the years. They are strong confident images that owe much to the religious tableaux paintings from the Renaissance and the Russian Marian Iconography of the 1400 and 1500s.
Although known for her self-portraits she has worked in all areas of photography – including reportage, travel, architecture and her own side projects. One of her fascinations is WATER and she has done very interesting work around portraiture and water. All these can be seen on her website. Go and enjoy. http://www.anitahohengasser.ch/