“I experience myself within limits whose existence I question. Aren‘t they rather
transitions that are subject to a constant process of negotiation and are thus
formed from different sides? Membranes of various kinds, sometimes permeable, sometimes solid. Protective and sensitive?
The in-between changes with the actors. The difference between the one and
the other marks, constitutes the respective side. Each element is co-defined
by the difference to the other. This in-between is constantly in motion, repeats
itself, deviates, recomposes and overlaps.
The transition from one stage to the next, from one situation to the other,
from one person to the next holds potential and an unlimited number of
I explore myself in my scope of action and try to gradually expand and reshape it. Between power to act and powerlessness I ask myself how far I want
to fit into the precasted paths and where I consider it necessary to break out.
I seek closeness and distance. From an overview that controls everything to
losing (oneself) in the nearness of the touch and so forth.
The sun touches the object, the shadow of the object touches the foil, the
drawing touches the shadow and the foil, the drawing on the foil touches the
photo paper, the sun touches the drawing on the foil on the paper – a contact
exposure emerges. I take myself back. The digital image is created by a distanced view. The touch is no longer accessible.
Different kinds of experience, from moment to moment. I draw a line and the
world turns. I will never be able to repeat the same superposition of what I
have seen, what I have touched and what I have visualized through my gesture
in the same way. The shadow moves on.
My position is the same and yet different.”
- Laura Sperl
Laura Sperl (b.1988, Austria) is an artist based in Vienna.
She studied at the Weißensee Academy of
Arts Berlin and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She has presented solo exhibitions
among others at the Mutuo Gallery in Barcelona and at the Porgy & Bess Public Domain
in Vienna. Her works have also been shown in Berlin, Zagreb, London and Lisbon. In
Vienna, she recently exhibited at PARALLEL Vienna, Foto Wien, Fotogalerie Wien and
Sehsaal. In 2021, she received the START Stipendium for Visual Arts and the Mentoring
Programme in cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.