Terms such as security, intrusion and fear, and their perception, are mutually conditional. They intertwine and on a direct level, interact.
So many dangers are intangible. Perceived as a genuine threat, their reality, however, is conjured up subliminally. “Phantom fears” begin to surface. These are partly real but more often than not are fostered by diffuse, constructed scenarios, not least as a result of institutional manipulation. A constant, albeit subjective, sense of threat emerges and seems to materialize from within and without. Security becomes an insurmountable illusion but is simultaneously the most precious good in negotiating fear.
In approaching this grey area photographically, I create an associative network of images in a non-linear hanging of various formats. The ambivalence of the images suggest a sense of intrusion that cannot be located in reality. I display instruments of control and blend them with images of nature.
Through digital manipulation and dissociation from their original context, the different scenarios hover in a space between aesthetic temptation and subliminal discomfort. In Sabine Schründer’s work, conscious visual irritation is transformed into thematic fragments of content. The paradox of insecurity in the seemingly familiar is inherent in these shifts in perspective. Eliminated points of reference, distorted situations and traces of action, the intention and impact of which remain obscure, leave the observer in a state of suspense.