Published by SPBH Editions. Text by Simon Baker, Paola Paleari, Ingrid Luquet-Gad, JoŽl Vacheron, Aris Xanthos, Viviane Morey, Ann-Christin Bertrand, Brad Feuerhelm.
Binding the alchemy of photography with the physicality of painting, Swiss artist Maya Rochat (born 1985) creates organic patterns, chromatic alterations and visual ruptures. Here, drawing on works from the past two years, she revisits and interweaves images in various scales and rhythms to create an unfolding collage in book form.
The symbolically laden, analog and digital works of the young Swiss artist Maya Rochat probe the depths of the photographic plane. Using her own writing and fragments of found images, she modifies her photographs to create radically associative compositions. She sources her own immediate surroundings, weaving portraits of friends and shots of landscapes into a dense, intimate visual fabric that is scratched, dissected, and reassembled with almost militant surgical intervention. The bitter, beautiful universe that surfaces in Crystal Clear patently eludes conventional codes of interpretation, relentlessly undermining the usual visual cliches and notions of beauty propagated by the media.