Born at the crossway of photography and illuminated manuscript, bringing texts and images together in the pursuit of a higher, mystical experience.
china ink / 24ct. gold on silvergelatin prints | 2017 – ongoing
To endure everything. To become nothing. To become everything.
Thomas Sing‘ s Contemplations are reflections about body and mind, image and text, experiences of the human and the sacred.
Discipline and obsession
The work as practice of the self: photographs, taken on film, processed in the darkroom, covered in handwritten texts in weeks long working sessions.
Inscription and intensity
Practices towards happiness: when suffering turns into joy and the defeated ego withdraws from the process.
Thomas Sing | Contémplation 0018: Sublimierungs-Differential | 35 x 50 cm (framed) | photography, painting and writing | china ink on silver gelatin print | 2018 | SOLD
Thomas Sing | Contémplation 0032: In secreta et occulta iussione | 50 x 50 cm (framed) | photography, painting and writing | China ink and 24 ct gold on silver gelatin print | 2019 | SOLD
Thomas Sing | Contémplation 0033: La dottrina delle lacrime | 50 x 70 cm (framed) | photography, painting and writing | China ink and 24 ct gold on silver gelatin print | 2019 | SOLD
Thomas Sing | Contémplation 0034: In hitziger begerunge | 50 x 70 cm (framed) | photography, painting and writing | China ink, shellack 24 ct gold on silver gelatin print | 2019 |
In contemplation we can overcome our body, our mind, our dimension and reach a mystical experience.
China ink and/or 24ct gold on silver gelatine prints: micro handwriting, drawing and painting.
All pieces are unique, original works (edition 1/1). No reproductions.
All prints are on highest quality paper (Ilford Hahnemühle Baryta) and made by Thomas Sing in his dark room following a strict archive sequence, ensuring gallery quality. All featured texts are by female mystics and range from the 12th to the 20th century.
All works come framed in high quality gallery frames from Halbe.
With text excerpts by: Marguerite-Marie Alacoque, Ann Bathurst, Hildegard von Bingen, Angela da Foligno, Veronica Giuliani, Margery Kempe, Madeleine Lebouc, Mechthild von Magdeburg, Dorothea von Montau (Dorota z Mątowów), Julian of Norwich, Elsbeth von Oye, Agnes von Prag (Anežka Česká), Maria Maddalena de‘ Pazzi, Caterina da Siena, Simone Weil