Self-Portraits

The series “Self-Portraits” was created in the midst of New York City at the turn of the millennium, when the artist, inspired by her sense of estrangement in the metropolis and her desire for self-discovery, began to explore various facets of her personality. In her apartment, she set up elaborate sets and staged herself as both director and actress in a series of Self-Portraits. These were captured without digital editing and depict the artist in various roles, including as a vamp, bride, or Madonna with child.

The Self-Portraits bear witness to an intense engagement with the artist’s own identity and a playful spirit of experimentation. Through the use of props such as dolls, flowers, and elements of feminine attire, the artist creates an aesthetic composition of color and motifs in which reality and fantasy merge. The uncertain time between exposure and development of the analog images heightened the process-oriented nature of the work.

The Self-Portraits reflect the era of analog photography and are characterized by a blend of sacred elements, toys, and disguises. The series transports the viewer into a world of mystique and coquetry, where the boundaries between reality and fantasy blur. Maria Haas succeeds in overturning traditional meanings and creating new contexts that present the human body in unexpected connections.

Self-Portrait, New York City 1997
Self-Portrait, New York City, 2017
Self-Portrait, New York City, 2017
Self-Portrait, New York City, 2017
Self-Portrait, Vienna, 1998
Self-Portrait, Vienna, 1998
Self-Portrait, Vienna, 1999
Self-Portrait, Vienna, 1999