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Katarina Matiasek :
Landesberufsschule in Pöchlarn

Pöchlarn, 2002
Josefgasse 1, 3380 Brunn am Erlauf


The ruptured panorama of a forest runs like bars through all the levels of the hostel to the college, where woodworking skills are taught. Large-scale photographs on narrow strips use the full height of the interior wall, from the floor to the ceiling, inviting the viewers to embark on imaginary strolls.

For the student hostel of the Pöchlarn vocational college, where woodwork skills are taught, Katarina Matiasek has created a ruptured panorama of a forest scene running like bars over all levels. Photographic prints on narrow strips cover the interior walls, running from the floor to the ceiling of each level. These are excerpts of photographs taken in the Neuwald forest nature reserve. In the foyer are the roots and trunks, the branches and foliage are on the upper storeys. The tips of the trees are in the multipurpose zone on the top floor. The artist explores wood as a theme in all directions. She deals with her central themes of memory and visual space analytically and poetically at the same time. She alludes to the forest as the primeval site of human culture in a primordial landscape of memory. At the same time she gently incites the viewer to dream while playing on their sense of time. In her work she has pre-empted Franz Kafka's notion that in the forest there are things you could spend years lying in moss thinking about. Large green cushions for sitting on in the niches for relaxation are reminiscent of Kafka's moss, and invite the viewer to embark on an imaginary stroll through the forest, the fragmentary nature of which challenges them to close the gaps.
(Cornelia Offergeld)