The work “Trugbild Series – digital collage version” is part of a larger series of about 20 compositions that each combine two photographs taken by the artist at different places. Often the combination joins contrasts as south and north, e.g., Portugal and Germany. Through these compositions the artist unifies and mixes contrasting places, seasons and weather conditions. One may say that she constructs intimate Foulcauldian heterotopias combining different situations and places into a single one. At the same time she creates utopias by trying to unite different places in an imaginary sacred one that can not be realised. The result are Fatas Morganas - in German "Trugbild" like an eye trick that does not exist, creating novel unreal imaginary travels and dreamlike sensations.
The original Trugbild series was part of the 2014 Finals Artist Exhibition at the Loughborough University School of the Arts and Drama where the artist created an exhibition of three invented artists, their biographies and art work around the thema Liminality: „Liminality Group exhibition“.
MT. Andres is a Fine Artist based in Münster, Germany. After several courses in oil and acrylic paint in Dresden und Augsburg, she moved to England where she decided to study first for an Art Foundation and later for a Bachelor degree in Fine Art at the School of the Arts and Drama of Loughborough University where in 2014 she obtained her First Class Honours Degree. One of her works for the final degree show, „Andre af Maria's 'Trugbild Series 4' " (digital collage and watercolour version), won the Edward Sharp price of Loughborough University and was purchased for the university art collection. Also in 2014, she moved to Münster in Germany where 2015 she became a member of the Artist Group „Part 96“. She contributed to several group exhibitions in the UK and Germany like, e.g., „White“ (2013, Loughborough) and „Untiefen“ (2016, Münster). She often works with photography and mixed media collages that are then transformed employing watercolour, oil paint washes, small objects and resin.