Sigrid Klaiber
Riding The Light
Deutsche Version

The Artist


Sigrid Klaiber's photographic creations have an experimental origin and are based on the techniques of the classical photogram and its related photographic processes. The working material is the silver-based photo paper and related photo chemicals. The workplace is the photo lab. No camera and no film is used.

A photogram is produced in a darkroom when one puts objects on photo-sensitive paper, then exposes them to white light and develops the photocopy, using appropriate chemicals.

Unlike photography, photograms are always produced as originals and cannot be enlarged as one could from a negative. But Sigrid Klaiber's photograms create something else: in the projector's light she assembles small pieces of plants, wedges them between two glass plates, and enlarges them on the photocopy paper. (Occasionally she combines particles of two or three different plants on one slide.) In this way negative-like prints of the plant particles are formed, in that the bright portions of the materials come out dark on the photopaper. These prints are copied once more, and the image that emerges is similar in color and brightness to the tiny particles between the two glass plates.

The exhibits are all original photograms or copies from photograms. Her technique produces unique originals that, if copied, would lose their original character and, therefore, must be kept in their original unique state (see, for example, the picture entitled "Cranesbill and Loosestrife").

Cranesbill and Loosestrife

These 30 cm X 40 cm originals are then enlarged into much larger pictures through a digital scanner. Thus, in the era of digital photography, photograms are lavishly produced pictures in the darkness of the darkroom.
The pictures that Sigrid Klaiber creates in this way appear as though they were painted with light. Their colors look more beautiful and transparent than on any watercolor. With her pictures of plants she leads us into a never-before imagined world of a microcosm full of beautiful structures, forms, and colors.
The artist gets her colors and shapes from naturally grown flowers and plants, which she dissects and reassembles in new form- and color-arrangements.
Scalpels, tweezers, and needles are the tools used for these arrangements. Sigrid Klaiber adds to this medium the dimension of color and thereby penetrates deeper into the secrets of nature.
As flowers are already beautiful to the naked eye, Sigrid Klaiber adds an even deeper dimension, so that the beauty of nature reveals itself in an even more impressive and surprising way.
Translation from German: Wolfgang Klaiber Thank you for Translation!
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