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Title

Untitled


Artist

Ingeborg Tyssen

Netherlands, Australia

1945 - 09 Oct 2002


About

Having migrated from the Netherlands while still a teenager, Ingeborg Tyssen began exhibiting in 1975 with intensely observational photographs of urban space. Generally at a remove, Tyssen’s images place people in stark isolation within their environment. Figures splintered between angular architecture and harsh contrasts of light and shadow in her ‘People’ series evoke alienation. This sense is made directly and metaphorically palpable in ‘Untitled’ 1975, which depicts a newborn encased in an incubator. Initially trained as a nurse and a midwife, Tyssen also photographed with a deep empathy towards the peculiarities of place and culture. As critic Blair French has noted, ‘the fascinating “strangeness” of vision in Tyssen's work suggests an authorial consciousness formed, in part, elsewhere and constantly seeking to rearticulate itself within a different world.’1 Her oeuvre reflects on the difficulty of communication, while probing the expressive potential of photography as a site for critical engagement.

1) Blair French, ‘Ingeborg Tyssen 1945-2002’ in 'Photofile’, no 68, April 2003, p 64


Details


Date

1977


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Dimensions

14.7 x 22.0 cm image; 30.4 x 37.9 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r.verso, pencil "Ingeborg Tyssen". Not dated.


Credit

Anonymous gift 2012


Location

Not on display


Accession number

396.2012


Artist information

Ingeborg Tyssen

Works in the collection

31