'Negatives' by Shoufay Derz
Through the expressive potential of remote landscapes, Shoufay Derz explores the thresholds between experience and representation. Negatives directs the viewer towards a sense of absence not immediately apparent. Derz considers the unknown as inextricable from the known world, an intimate experience beyond explanation. Derz is drawn to landscapes that evoke a sense of otherness and the familiar. She is compelled by how a visual artist uses the visible to depict the invisible.
Shoufay Derz is a Sydney based artist working across a range of media including medium format photography, video and installation. Her work approaches what lies beyond the known, examining how absence is articulated through marks of presence. This new work was developed after travelling through the remote areas of the Taklamakan desert, China and the isolated volcanic landscape of Ambrym, Vanuatu.