She Disappeared into Complete Silence, Mona Kuhn

She Disappeared into Complete Silence, Mona Kuhn

© Mona Kuhn

© Mona Kuhn

Mona Kuhn is best known for her large-scale photographs of the human form. Her approach is unusual in that she develops close relationships with her subjects, resulting in images of remarkable intimacy, and creating the effect of people naked but comfortable in their own skin.

Acclaimed for her contemporary and intimate depictions of the human form, Kuhn takes a new direction into abstraction in her latest series She Disappeared into Complete Silence. Photographed at a golden modernist structure on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park, architectural lines, light reflections and a single figure have been carefully balanced against the backdrop of the Californian desert.

"She Disappeared into Complete Silence was photographed in a glass house where the golden light enters unobstructed. Conceptually speaking, this glass house with mirrored ceilings was an extension of my own camera and optics.

I was drawn to the desert because of its magical light and raw mystic landscape. The house itself is a minimal structure held mostly together by glass, built by architect Robert Stone. These translucent surfaces offered a great setting for reflections and at times worked as a prism for the light. 

Together with a long time friend Jacintha, we experimented with reflections, shadows, illusions, and created images that push the boundaries of representation. I wanted to escape the body and photograph the human presence coming in and out of evidence, at times over exposed, at times hidden in shadows, like a desert mirage, a solitary figure who could have been the very first or last.

The title She Disappeared into Complete Silence was carefully chosen for multiple references. This series is a balance between the figure, abstraction and landscape. The word She has unfolding meanings. It refers not just to the single figure, but also the endless horizon lines running into infinity, and the lines rendered from thoughts."

- Mona Kuhn 

© Mona Kuhn

© Mona Kuhn

© Mona Kuhn

© Mona Kuhn

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