To the observer, this apparently existentialist world of images based on thoughts of life and death, infinity and transience, slowly morphs into a well-thought-out quote from past eras: there are motifs of vanitas that characterized baroque art, such as mirrors, music and gold; and in her “Feuerinszenierungen” (performances of fire) the artist reflects the world between illusion and reality. There are also hints of romanticism and decadence, of times of transition and transformation – like the present … everything is cyclical, everything returns.
In her body of work, Julia Bornefeld demonstrates not just the fragility of the present, but also people who are no longer people, who, like the fictional characters in the Romantic period, depend on social concepts that have reached their limits.
With her installation, Bornefeld overcomes the limits of the stationary in fine arts: she includes elements from surrealist film and music that transcend the borders of space and time. She thereby reduces the idea of eternity to absurdity.