The photo offers a decentralised glimpse of an autumnal Regent’s Park in London, a few days before the international art circus comes to town in the shape of the Frieze Art Fair.
Yet the only spectacle to be seen is the highly subtle natural show in which light passes through the leaves of the trees, an effect which fascinated the landscape painters of the 18th century and which is captured here by the camera in the form of a new and contemporary image. The result is a visual happening within the Accenture offices which themselves have become, through the medium of the artstripe, a meeting place for art and commerce.
Martina Steckholzer studied in Stuttgart, Bologna and Salzburg and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. The artist is living and highly productive proof of the maxim that art always emerges as a reaction to other art in that she intensively engages with the work of other artists and with the places in which these are exhibited as a means of creating the raw material for her own work. The results of this process are pictures which are as richly referential as they are new and which successfully escape such standard categorisation as figurative or abstract, conceptual or narrative.
Her work features in a range of collections in Austria and abroad including that of Charles Saatchi.
In 2010 Martina Steckholzer returned to live and work in Vienna.