work on paper

collage / watercolour /  ink / other material / on cyanotype / on paper

10x18 to 120x80cm / 2015 to 2017



STUNDENBLUMEN (2015 - to be continued)

18x16 to 20x30cm

Using the material that is available at the moment I feel the need, I dedicate myself to that minimalistic act of painting a flower the most simple and logic way. I choose a center point right in the middle of the piece of paper, where I start with very small petals. I paint them slowly bigger in circles, adding strictly one petal to another, that way making it grow until its blossom takes over all the available space. The flower's size is limited by the first edge of the paper it will reach. By using different kinds of colours and technique, each flower carries my specific mood while producing it. The title "Stundenblumen" is a reference to the book "Momo" by the german writer Michael Ende, where "Stundenblumen" are a metaphor for the preciousness of individual life time. They are born in the heart of every human being and within an hour they die to be followed by a new flower. When painting the outer petals of the flower, its center remains the oldest part and therefore somehow can be seen as the point of birth and death at the same time. 



CAVES (2017 - to be continued)

50x60 cm, watercolour & indian ink on paper

 

The CAVES emerge by letting the paper soak red indian ink and black watercolour with crossing brush strikes. In the beginning, there's a chaotic flow of colours, drying slowly. The contures finally left on the paper by the drying colour suggest the image of subterrenean cave walls shaped by the endless drippling of water. Looking further, also other forms can be spotted, logic and illogic ones. I try to fix them by drawing their contures. 



DIE FARBEN DER NACHT (2017 - to be continued)

each 40x50 cm,

indian ink & tempera on indian ink (black level) / aquarell & pencil on indian ink (red level) / indian ink on dye colour (blue level) / indian ink on dye colour (yellow level)

 

Four colours (black, red, blue, yellow) are dedicated to differnt possible levels of human experience. The pictures painted on the monochrome backgrounds try to illustrate a conflict, emotion, fear or trauma which normally can't be seen, but only experienced. Dreaming – which takes place at night / when we sleep – is a comparabel effort to  express what any consciously spoken word could do very hardly. Within our dreams, we are confronted with pictures we often don’t understand at all. But somehow they have come to us by strange ways. Our minds use pictures much more effectively than language, which means that our subconsciousness is more capable to memorize than our consciousness is to analyze. What is forgotten may not be lost, but may come back dressed differently.