Liesl Pfeffer is a photo-media artist based in Melbourne, Australia. She graduated from the Queensland College of Art with a Bachelor of Photography in early 2006, has been awarded the Queensland Centre for Photography Graduate Prize and was a finalist in the Churchie Emerging Artist Award. Liesl has exhibited in several group exhibitions in Australia, including Photographic Skin at Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane in 2005 and Young Brisbane Artists at the Royal Queensland Artists Society Gallery in 2006. Solo exhibitions include Unravelling at Red Gallery, Melbourne in 2006 and Souvenir at NO NO Gallery, Melbourne, 2010.
Through her current body of work, Souvenir (2009-2010), Liesl has been using the tropes of travel photography to explore the concept of photographic truth. Souvenir consists of photo-media collages depicting imaginary foreign landscapes, including mountain ranges, fjords and lakes, inspired by and referencing the composition of vernacular travel photographs. What at first glance appears to be a mountain, is actually made up of pieces of snapshots of the everyday; anything from fences to clouds. There is something false and visually jarring in these images and Liesl aims to play with the idea of truth in photography through this disjunction.
Want an insight in Liesl’s workprocess? Clicke here for some pictures from her studio.