PrizeHonorable Mention in Photography
ArtistCharlotta Maria Hauksdottir

The physical space of landscapes can be closely tied to a person’s identity, sense of being, and infused with personal history. The composite, textured landscapes in the series “Imprints” are a re-creation of places and scenes from an estranged homeland. Several sheets of photographic paper with variable cutouts are layered together imitating landforms that have formed over time. The visible and obscured parts of the landscape suggest the interplay of effects between man and nature, as well as the imperfections of memory, with the bifurcated textures emphasizing the mind’s inability to retain and fully comprehend its environment. The discontinuity between the images also induces the viewer to draw on their own experiences to complete the work.

Charlotta María Hauksdóttir is an Icelandic photographer residing in California. She graduated with an MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004, and previously received a BA in Photography from the Istituto Europeo di Design, in Rome, Italy. Charlotta has participated in several group and solo exhibitions all over the world. Her photographs have won awards and are in numerous public and private collections and have been published in several magazines and books.