Back in my running days in Vienna, I had one route that I called my window shopping run – displays in stores were constantly changing and in Vienna, I found the visual displays constantly inspiring. I would first hit up the shopping streets, but then had a string of galleries I would pass by. Specifically, the Wolfrum was one of my favorites, and that’s how I became acquainted with the work of Sissi Farassat.
An Iranian born photographer living in Vienna, they always had a rotating display of her work – and what really makes this stand out is that in addition to have an interesting image to start with, she later adds beads or sequins to portions of the picture. I think it’s the only time I’ve seen someone add a third dimension to a photograph. There is something about having that addition layer and depth that gave the photographs a magical quality. I swore I would buy one before I left, but in the craziness of departure, I just didn’t get to it as I wanted to think about it…pick the right one…make sure I was comfortable with the expense.
Turns out, I should have gone with my gut. With this trip, I marched right back there to buy one, proud that I was finally ready, but it turns out that the photographs have nearly quadrupled in price, and the couple they had in stock didn’t quite have the dreamy quality of the ones before (but it could just be my taste). Egads! Of course, so happy for Sissi’s success – apparently, she’s showing now in New York as well and in searching for pieces online, I see several galleries representing her. So now the question is do I buy before it quadruples again?
|Love that this one is called The Danube.|
All photographs by Sissi Farassat.