From the series "You Were a Bird" (A Room with a Bath)
pigment print, archival paper, framed 110x136cm 2020
Krista Mölder's work so far has been marked by an attempt to depict potential, and to depict it exactly as potential, by using various approaches to avoid showing clearly defined objects and meanings, that is, things on the foreground, things that the photographs are about (or even what they talk about). Art Allmägi has described this as follows: "She often stages her photographs in a way that does not present much information, yet compels the viewer to imagine the parts that are left out." Thus, the backgrounds of Mölder’s photos conspire with what is out of frame, triggering the viewers’ imagination. The viewers feel the presence of out-offrame, yet do not see it. To resolve the tension, they begin filling this blank in the surround with their own feeling-matter. Mölder’s photographs are composed in a way that keeps the feeling-matter from getting dark. She lures out bright matter, without it becoming noisy or naive.