Moth to the Light
Elisabeth Ajtay’s Penumbral States is comprised of several works consisting of darkness punctuated with light. In darkness there is a space that exposes and reveals the fragility of the human body while simultaneously existing as a comfort zone. The works in Penumbral States are ambiguous, repetitive, and lacking clarity — carving out a space for magic, solitude, and silence in response to the omnipresence of the virtual space with it’s instant answers, offers, and demands.
Elisabeth Ajtay received a diploma in communications design from the University of Applied Sciences Dortmund and a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. The Ministry of Education and Training of Northrhine-Westphalia is working with her series “Zuhause/At Home” for educational purposes. Her work has been shown at the inSPIRACJE Festival in Poland along with works by Peter Greenaway and Aram Bartholl. She recently exhibited with Blue Star Contemporary in San Antonio, TX and Savernack Street in San Francisco, CA. Ajtay's work reflects and questions the effects of Western Culture on a psychological level. Her main tool is photography. Her multi-facetted practice is a reflection on her translation from growing up in, and, constantly moving between two different systems.