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May 13, 2013

Judith Crispin, who one of the photographers in the core programme of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2011, has a public persona or artistic identity as Hsien -Ku. She is a composer as well as a photographer.

BeltaneHsein-Ku.jpg Judith Crispin, Beltane, 2011

This picture appears to be connected to the Märchen (fairytales) project, which was exhibited in February 2012 at the Brunswick Street Gallery in Melbourne.

This body of work consists of hybrid artworks comprised of digital and analog photographs, digital and hand painting, and original poems. The series combines images from Teutonic fairytales with poetry inspired by the cold-war experiences of Irene, an 80 year old Berlin woman, who was Crispin's neighbour when she lived and worked in Berlin, Germany.

In this work Crispin appears to be reworking classical Teutonic myths and motifs to interpret personal experiences. Beltane is connected because it is the Gaelic May Day festival and represents the peak of Spring and the beginning of Summer. Beltane marks the passage into the growing season and signals a time when the bounty of the earth will once again be had.

Eagle Owl at Grunewald (Green Woods or Green Forest situated in the western side of Berlin was part of the Sleep has her House series, which was exhibited at Photonet Gallery ), Melbourne in 2012.

CrispinJEagleOwl.jpg Judith Crispin, Owl Sonata, 2011

Unfortunately, there is no information about the Sleep has her House series on the internet, and so I cannot judge whether the series refers to the haunting or the uncanny as in the unconscious as a haunted house. The refers to Freudian tension between familiarity and unfamiliarity, which denotes a strange proximity between the known and the unknown, either as something familiar presenting itself in an extraneous shape, or as something extraneous revealing an element of familiarity in its features.

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