The driving force in Dora Tass' research and practice are objects that display visual poetry, historic memory and, as defined by the artist, "la poetica dell'assenza" (the poetics of absence).
The artist takes inspiration from Dadaism and Surrealism by merging memories and collecting objects that are obsolete, yet very familiar. The sense of sacred and surreal in these complex and beautiful works clearly evokes George Bataille's gap between the imaginary and the real, which he brought forth in the surreal art magazine "Documents".
The dismembered elements, in her work, are juxtapositions of a ghostly past, enclosed in a surreal present that represent an archeological archive of the future. Therefore, we are led to perceive the notion of time in new ways that confuse us and leave us speechless.