Maria was born and raised in Vienna and moved
to the UK in the early 1990's. She now lives and works in Sussex. Maria studied photography at the Vienna Higher Institute of Graphic Arts receiving a degree in Fine Art photography.
Maria says, "I believe that photography provides me with a unique and powerful tool to communicate my stories. Childhood memories of Vienna fuel my research. My work is driven by the need to find my own identity and a place of belonging."
Words from photo books
1. From the writing desk: I inherited a large brown cardboard box which no-one wanted. It contains the belongings of my grandmother's writing desk. Letters tied together with brittle rubber bands, handwritten notes, photos and small objects. Passage of time. Awake. Words on paper, not seen, not heard, not read or touched. I feel deeply privileged. Unfolding paper. Opening letters. Reading words long forgotten. I feel her presence. I smell old paper and I smell her. A life long before mine. Travelling in time. She is me - I am her.
2. Grandmother's utensils: I remember my Grandmother's apartment well. It smelled of coffee and mothballs. Classical music from the wireless echoed comforting sounds from the high ceiling in her kitchen. Dripping taps accompanied her bird, Hansiburli's desperate tweets from his cage. It was a place of warmth and curiosities. Poldioma was a collector of all things useful. Nothing was wasted, everything kept for better days. She used her utensils every day. I am the keeper of her treasures now. Delicate memories still linger within me, wrapped in a deep sense of love.
3. Grandmother's lace: Boxes filled with things long forgotten. Things kept for better days. Sleeping lace folded neatly. I open the box. Her perfume lingers there. Memories fading in and out like the focus of a camera lens. Delicate silk-ribboned landscapes resonating nostalgic energy from a time long gone.
Kunstblumen - translated from the photographer's native German as "Art Flowers," but more commonly known in English as "Artificial Flowers" -
merges and blurs traditional with modern imagery and processing techniques to create art from the artificial.
Drawing upon her Viennese upbringing and training to create works that evoke the melancholy beauty in the lives of the post-war population of Vienna - and Maria's own family - these ghost like images capture the fragile, grey simplicity of the Viennese "moth cupboard", the courtyard windowsill, the formal sitting room, a grandmother's song. Impressions and memories, like the evanescent objects represented in this series, are given permanence and life.
Grandmother - close up Silver gelatin print 12 x 12 cms
Sleeping grandmother Silver gelatin print 12 x 12 cms SOLD
Board and fork Silver gelatin print 12 x 12 cms
Milk jug Silver gelatin print 12 x 12 cms SOLD
Vase Silver gelatin print 12 x 12 cms
Soup ladle Siver gelatin print 12 x 12 cms
Punch bowl Siver gelatin print 12 x 12 cms
Frame Silver gelatin print 12 x 12 cms
Black lace Silver gelatin print
White lace Silver gelatin print 12 x 12 cms
Lace box Silver gelatin print
Political notes Silver gelatin print 12 x 12 cms
Stack of cards Silver gelatin print 12 x 12 cms
Grandmother's box Silver gelatin print 12 x 12 cms
Envelope Silver gelatin print 12 x 12 cms
Letters detail Silver gelatin print 12 x 12 cms SOLD
Desk Photo book 7 x 7 cm
Lace photo book 7 x 7cm
Utensils Photo book 7 x7cm
Kunstblumen 1 Inkjet print 21 x 30 cms
Kunstblumen 2 Inkjet print 20 x 30 cms
Kunstblumen 5 Inkjet print 21 x 30 cms
Kunstblumen 10 Inkjet print 21 x 30 cms
Kunstblumen 14 Inkjet print 21 x 30 cms
Kunstblumen 18 Inkjet print 21 x 30 cms
Cloud formation 1 Silver gelatin print
Cloud formation 2 Silver gelatin print
Cloud formation 3 Silver gelatin print