The impetus behind this new body of work—marking a new direction for the artist—came in 2008, when Polaroid ceased production of instant film, which was once a primary ingredient in von Hausswolff’s process. The film’s discontinuation, initially a disturbance, became an invitation to explore analog photography. So von Hausswolff went back to the drawing board and, inspired by her darkroom roots, began experimenting with the manipulative power of light, chemicals, and technology on images.
The more than 20 individual prints on view portray a wide range of scenes—an assembly line, a natural history museum display, a cockpit, a protest—and were made using an equally diverse range of tools and techniques. After selecting her source imagery, von Hausswolf scanned and digitally converted the archival images, then printed them anew. Some were printed and applied with paint, others transferred onto enamel via screen-printing. While each work rightfully stands alone, when viewed as as a single ensemble, they read as a solemn vignette or a string of stream-of-consciousness memories.