Crossing the Threshold : Artist statement

Coloured pictorial fabrics directly related to the body: it is always about the here and now, the interior and the exterior, about borders and their being crossed. Which skills can we develop in order to be really viable?

In the work ‘just now’, for example, this long-contemplated concept expands into a cinematicinstallation. Black waxy fabrics extend from the ceiling down to water-filled trays. In the film projected upon them, a child tries again and again to pour a bucket of water over his/her own head. The childish joy makes the Sisyphus task bearable. Associations with baptismal and purification rituals come to mind. The pouring motion enables permeability in the spectator; it turns into a prerequisite for the overcoming of ones’ own limitations.

My central material is a waxed skin; silk material dipped in beeswax. Its haptic and visual appearance mirrors the theme of crossing borders in the phenomenon of the skin as a membrane. The transparency of the material and the aroma invite you to draw nearer. Fundamentally, the body, as a primary cultural tool, becomes the actual medium for inspired action that is continually motivated through the yearning for the experience of transition, touching and being touched.

Treating the qualities of colour as the equivalent of what constitutes life is the focus of my artistic work. At the same time the images explore human facial features as well as abstract forms as characteristics of our basic structures. The question ‘What is a human being?’ appears again and again. In the series ‘Heaven and Hell’, which uses large-scale waxskins, the energy of colour is related to one’s own body using archaic original forms. The ‘Cosmology’ cycle becomes a reservoir of ideas of historico-cultural symbols and free colour forms, in which I combine, for example, images of the potential of female sexuality with a traditional sign language of different religions and thereby explore individual and collective terms of existence and reveal visionary archetypes in equal measure. It is intended that the work in the ‘Cosmology’ series and the large-format ‘Skins’ should be combined with a new cinematic piece of work in the future. The resulting installation ‘Crossing the Threshold’ could spur on the elimination of borders.