Cornelia Hediger, "Doppelganger", 11/05, C-prints on handmade paper.

Cornelia Hediger, “Doppelganger”, 11/05, C-prints on handmade paper.

Cornelia Hediger

Fear, hope, joy, despair, and destruction are some of the emotions and feelings I explore with photography. The pictures address an internal dialog and communicate the struggle between the conscious and the unconscious. The topics, often heavy and complex, are presented in rich and lush colors, with flower patterns and polka dots, allowing in humor.

These photographic assemblages are made up of six to nine images, which allow me to exaggerate and emphasize certain areas. I am the photographer and the model, acting out several characters within one set. The characters that represent hope and despair, good and bad, past and present, are facing each other, watching each other, and wondering if the other is trustworthy. This particular way of photographing allows me to look over my own shoulder and act out my internal struggle in the external world.

Born in Switzerland, Cornelia Hediger lives and works in NYC. She earned both her BA and MA in Fine Art from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Her imagery has been presented in exhibitions at PS122 Gallery in NYC, the International Center of Photography in NYC, Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and the Massachusetts College of Art. In addition Hediger has shown her work abroad at the Gallery Del Mese-Fischer in Switzerland and Limilight9 Gallery in Halifax, Canada.