by David Talley
by David Talley
Works by Colette Saint Yves.
ASPIRE // INSPIRE // EXPIRE
From the series Doppelgänger
Hediger’s complex, psychological portraits are tinged by dark and forbidding elements, hints of conflict and violence, psychic loss and wounding, sexual exploration and deep psychological ambivalence. She explains that she “was interested in exploring the concept of the Doppelgänger, or ‘double walker’, a ghostly double of a living person,” and looking at “the alter ego, the conscious mind vs the unconscious mind, inner conflicts, the duality between good and evil and split personalities.” There is an overall mood of emotional provocation on this perilous terrain, tinged by fragility and doubt, which is counterbalanced by the formal rigor and control of the artist.
Hediger developed her process and techniques over years of persistent investigation, both aesthetically and technically. She first sketches out a narrative between the main character and her doubles, like a film director storyboarding a narrative. In this one-woman show, she designs the sets, procures the costumes and props, plays all the parts, and meticulously lights, composes and directs the shot with hundreds of labels to mark where everything should go, including herself and her interaction with the Doppelgänger. Each panel is shot separately as a single photo and, before Hediger started working with digital files (although the photos themselves are still not digitally manipulated), painstakingly cut and pasted together from contact sheets to make one composition.
Team S&C agree with Photo District News that she is an Artist to Watch