Jutta Haeckel: Shadows and Tattoos


New York Gallery


A leisurely nostalgia pervades the work of German painter Jutta Haeckel. Fenced-in parks and yards, a house tucked into a forest, skeletons of roller coasters peeking over lush trees, colors a little too bright and shiny. Wistfulness makes room for a stranger mood, not quite ominous, not quite reassuring.


Haeckel is interested in the psychological space that is formed by the contradictions of shrinking borders due to globalization. Drawing upon her own travels, she references thousands of her own photographs to “filter” the lines that are blurred between nature/artifice and original/copy. Both gorgeous and unsettling, Haeckel’s locales force the questions of time and place while benignly suspending recognition.