Solastalgia & Windows and Mosaic of Leaves

“Beauty is only beautiful when it is impermanent” - Grace Ellen Barkey

As part of the Capital of Culture 2024, artist Grace Ellen Barkey is showing the installations “Solastalgia” in Bahnhof Landungsplatz Ebensee and “Windows and Mosaic of Leaves” in Kalvarienbergkirche Gosau.

Subject to change
Grace Ellen Barkey
Solastalgia © Grace Ellen Barkey

A Needcompany production

Grace Ellen Barkey (Artist)
Emma van der Put (Artistic Assistant)
Rune Floryn (Production)

Kath. Pfarre Gosau (Partner)

Simone Barlian (Head of Programme Visual Arts)
Teresa Kranawetter (Assistance)

March - June 2024

About the project

Grace Ellen Barkey collects, films and photographs flowers and leaves from her immediate surroundings. Her most recent installations explore the transposition of a space into a narrowness, inviting the viewer to become part of the sensory work. 

During a visit to Salzkammergut, Barkey learned about how climate change affects the area. This inspired her to make ‘Solastalgia’, for which she uses a series of videos she had shot of a lonely tree near a building site. The tree was beautiful, but the leaves were plastic waste from the construction site. Barkey imagines a world without nature, creating a poetic garden with a terrible prophesy that transforms the space into a dystopic garden.

In ‘Windows and Mosaic of Leaves’ Barkey meditates on nature and its impermanence. The church windows are covered with a photo collage of plants and flowers. Only at a second glance does it become apparent that the plants depicted are in a state of decay. Concentrating on these flowers and plants heightens our perception. In contrast, the floor will be covered with a mosaic of collected dried leaves.