Running From Something, Looking For Something
148 × 210 mm
"This project began with a contemplation on my part with a yearning to situate myself within my own work in a performative aspect. I wanted to explore the effects of being isolated from technology, throwing myself into a world of ethereal landscapes devoid of any intentions.
On this two-week journey circumventing the entire perimeter of Iceland, I have successfully cut myself off from any outside communication shifting all my focus into the act of taking photographs, all the while noting down every aspect of my journey in a diary log. It consists of every thought, every song that triggered an emotion, every escape, every joy and every moment of sadness I've felt along the way. In the sparse landscape, alone, I’ve come to the conclusion that I was running away from something and more importantly I was looking for something else. Both suffer in the silence of the mystery.
Through photography I was able to seek and experience the phenomena of the sublime. The search and journey I’ve undertook became highly therapeutic in the process of making work. The word Sublime, throughout history has been an expression for the unknowable. It is many things ranging from being a judgement, to a feeling or a state of mind perhaps even beyond the reach of human understanding, but it had always been associated to a kind of response to art or nature. Artists have to be willing to go out there, deep into reality, in order to bring the thing back whole."
– Jonathan Liu
Running From Something, Looking For Something / Jonathan Liu
Jonathan Liu (b. 1993, Singapore) is an artist working primarily with print-based darkroom processes within his practice. He is interested in the narratives formed through text and images. Drawn from the fascination with the narratives and relationship between the artist and the poet, his recent works attempt to mirror our reality through the use of the landscape. His work deals with concepts such as romantic escapism, memory, post-memory and the search for the layers in-between. He graduated from London College of Communication in 2018 with a First-Class Honours Degree in Photography.