How do we make mental associations?
Denisa Balaj’s visual project, Duoseries envisions a nonexistent place by associating two real spaces. She takes photographs, a lot of them, and then finds lines, volumes or colors that allow her to bridge one image’s space with another. In her words:
Each built image is the result of an intense intuitive process of combining, mirroring, multiplying of parts that fit not only visually, but also to the main spatial intention. Fragments of landscapes, buildings or natural settings become elements of “spacemaking” and construct an entity, a whole image that emphasizes a specific spatial sensation.
Her work takes one by surprise, as many of her juxtapositions seem natural until their content registers in the mind. And that’s why they’re appealing: they show how aesthetics can breach across different locations, how spaces can be constructed and perceptions manipulated.