Series: Into blue
Technique: Cyanotypes on Arches water colour paper (300g)
Size: 164 × 114 cm each
Peter Hauser’s cyanotypes are at once experimental and fundamentally
simple. Exploring the rather obsolete photographic technique of cyanotype printing, invented in the 1840s, Hauser reduces the surface to an almost homogenous universe of Prussian blue, intensifying the colour by repeated application of ferric solution on heavy water colour paper.
As ever, the artist is preoccupied with the interaction of organic matter with the man made. Questioning the detrimental human behaviour towards nature but also our intrinsic ability to be at unity with it. With these purist cyanotypes, he pushes himself further, transcending realistic images of nature, seen in his earlier body of work, instead creating space for contemplation and intuition, not knowing the outcome but feeling change. The boundaries of reality as we know it are distorted. Sky, water, matter, soul…Humankind struggles to find its place in an uncertain world. The blue works as a metaphor, mirroring an inner state of being… or is it the outer universe reflected inwards?
Sandra Nedvetskaia, 2021