Her images of natural catastrophes suffused with a strange serenity are created in the artist’s own studio. She also photographs landscapes, invariably confusing the viewer as to what is real or not. She has won many awards, including the Reinhard Wolf prize, the FOCUS prize and the Kodak award for young artists. She has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Tanit, Munich, Germany; Goethe Institut, Paris, France; and Galerie Claude & Fabian Walter, Zurich, Switzerland, among others.
"The Quiet of Dissolution deals with the ambivalence in the understanding and perception of nature in the concentrated form of the natural catastrophe, based on the equating of culture with order and nature with chaos. Despite the more complex relationship between culture and nature, based on the intensifying human influences on nature and the anthropogenic causes of natural catastrophes, there is a large fascination here that appears threatening and outside our control. Once the immediate danger has passed it is followed by a comparably irrational repression. The goal is to return everything to the way it was before, as if nothing had ever happened, because science, technology and society will not allow it. This ambivalence can be found in the images, large photographs of models that sham authenticity and question it through the control of the chaos in the image. MystifiCation is reconstructed and broken down." SONJA BRAAS
Sonja Braas. Tornado from the series The Quiet of Dissolution, 2005.