Portraits of the stasis of a “new normal”. Created during the period of COVID-19- restrictions, “Skeins of Broken Life” gathers combinations of children’s toys wintered in the garden and weathered with natural materials. Random finds, paired without binding, lined up without order. Photographed piece by piece, as if they were mugshots of things that had become guilty by just lying around. Displayed in their neglect, branded as useless. It is an observant, a blackening gaze that underlies the images in this series. A gaze that betrays the mechanisms of social drifting apart in times of a viral pandemic. Suddenly it becomes palpable, the lens of the authoritarian analytical, using data on traffic volume and smartphone location to monitor compliance with the prescribed self-incarceration, the demanded evasion. Suddenly it becomes palpable, the absence of long overdue economic, social and cultural policy impulses that could have made the crises of a pandemic more manageable. Suddenly, the mutual hostility is becoming apparent, because from one day to the next, people seem to have forgotten how to protect each other from contagion. Everything and everyone is under the magnifying glass of exposure and betrayal. “Skeins of frozen Life” practices and exposes this magnifying glass at the same time. Under it, portraits emerge of a standstill that seethes; a calm that emaciates; a security that brutalizes. Archival evidence of a “momentum mori”, a wasteland of devastated strands of the communal.