My practice to date has predominantly explored the idea of the sublime in the everyday. I have done this by constructing, then photographing fantastical landscapes in domestic spaces. Our connection with the natural world is the driving force behind my work. I am fascinated by the simultaneous strength and fragility of this connection as we go about our lives, spending most of our time within the confines of the small compartments we call home.
The images in Homelands can be seen as snapshots of daydreams conjured in a moment of distraction while performing everyday tasks. While the landscapes are staged in familiar spaces and use familiar objects, emotive, sometimes dramatic lighting leaves room for ambiguity about whether the scenes are ‘real’ or imagined. Homelands was born out of my own desire to be in, and to photograph the kind of landscapes that were out of my reach in the real world.
The characters in my latest series of images The Seventh Day have been overtaken by a seemingly uncontrollable compulsion to create complex environments from materials found in the domestic realm. The processes undertaken to create the landscapes are extremely labour intensive and involve repetitive, painstaking tasks. Food scraps and remnants of materials seen in the images allude to the passing of time and the physicality of the processes involved. The resulting scenes resemble familiar, sometimes iconic natural landscapes.
Magdalena Bors began her formal education in the field of Architecture, studying at the University of Queensland from 1995-1997. Following a period of work and travel, she moved to Melbourne, where she undertook a BA Photography at RMIT University, graduating in 2006. Her work has been exhibited in various group and solo shows throughout Australia, as well as a group show that toured to Paris in 2009. Her images have won various awards, including ‘Best Staged or Directorial Photo-Media Work’ in the 2007 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. She has also been a finalist in the Bowness Photography prize and the Albury Regional Art GalleryNational Photography Prize, and in 2009 she was the recipient of a New Work grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. In 2013 she has been invited to exhibit at Galleri Image in Denmark, which will be her first international solo show.