„In Terrain Martin Tscholl re-frames our view of nature, which consists of endless interrelations between phenomena. Structure is imposed through photography to reconnect these elusive and separated entities. The work question our own assumptions and experiences of nature in both a play-off and order of two (or more) images.“
– Bruun Rasmussen, Auctioneers of Fine Art, Copenhagen, Denmark –
To date, 25,000 lichen species have been described worldwide. As living in communities, these mushrooms can live up to 4,500 years and are therefore among the oldest living creatures on earth. However, they are also threatened by species loss. In recent decades, up to a third of these organisms have disappeared. Nature around us is changing, landscapes and biotopes are disappearing rapidly. By loosing Lychens, entire cosms disappear, which in their diversity and aesthetics bear witness of the sublime and interconnectedness. This reference to nature has largely disappeared in everyday life, leaving behind boundaries whose consequences can be clearly felt. Photography allows to sensualise these phenomena.
Until now, glaciers were considered natural phenomena in the collective consciousness, bearing witness of infinity and eternity. In the meanwhile, however, the eternal ice is melting. Nature around us is changing, entire landscapes are rapidly disappearing. But we do not see the thawing glaciers for what they are, we see in them what they represent: Impermanence. Not only the unchanging constant of nature in our imagination changes, but also ourselves and the relationship we have to it. That is why we need a second gaze, not to understand, but to realize. For in the melting of the seemingly everlasting masses of ice, we recognize our own finiteness.