99 CLAY VESSELS
Lise Seier Petersen works in the cross section between art and craft with clay as her go-to material.
In 2014 she created 99 very large clay vessels, which has since been sitting in the landscape by Silkeborg Bad. I photographed the coming creative process in a substantial series of images in close dialogue with Lise’s concept.
In the work “You cannot step twice into the same river – 99 clay vessels for Heraclitus” all the vessels are slightly different: the mix of clay types, different temperatures in the kiln, and variation in size.
This is not unlike a photographic process. Even though photography has a reputation for delivering correct and objective documentation, Lise’s work reminded me that ‘correctness’ in photography is an illusion. For when is a photograph ever correct?
The photographs are made with a choice of different settings on the camera: a fixed 4600 degrees Kelvin, which meant, that morning light, direct sunlight and tungsten light would each have their different light temperatures.
The camera was set to 100 ISO, but other settings I varied between three fixed shutterspeeds and three specific aperture settings. As a result, some images were very brigt, som very dark – but all equally correct.
Since then, I also photographed her exhibition of the same project at Officinet, Danish Crafts and Design Association.