Catherine Wratten

Oasis, 2017

Oasis aims to explore the camera’s ability to manipulate or intervene within a landscape in order to create a new reality or truth. My intention is to subvert the traditional notions of landscape and documentary photography through the production of abstracted and otherworldly images.

This work explores how removing the context and location within the image gives the work the freedom to exist without its direct referent. Oasis is a fictional landscape, composed of ethereal images reminiscent of another planet, however they were composed from and of this world. The location is unknown to the viewer, and the location does not matter, it need not exist. The images have been recontextualized to such an extent that they picture an artificial landscape, a fictional oasis.