Sarah Iremonger

Stolzenhain Windows 2003
Stolzenhain Windows photographs were taken using a video camera, at the former Stolzenhain Russian Nuclear Base, near Wiepersdorf, Germany in 2003. The base was abandoned in 1990 and in 2003 was used to store fertilizer. These buildings have since been demolished.

In this work I am interested in how our relationship with nature and landscape is a construct of identification with historical cultural traditions, particularly landscape painting. This work explores the myths of representation and the idea of a romantic relationship with landscape in the face of a blatant militaristic reality.

This work was inspired by the woods and landscape around Wiepersdorf, Germany and was made possible through a residency at Kunstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf through the Stiftung Kulturfonds 2003 and an Arts Council of Ireland residency award 2002.