Thursday, January 29, 2009
She gathers samples such as rocks and soil, pounds them into a fine dust, often mixing them with wax or oils and then uses her hands to transfer that "information" to her canvas. The result is both gritty and serene and ultimately a dream like meditation on the beauty of our planet.
"What fascinates me is how the earth, in the various forms of its landscape and stones, assumes different material and color qualities, how the variegated layers tell stories about the creation of the earth, about the conditions under which people live in different parts of the earth, as well as the interplay between climatic zones and vegetation. The quality of the earth determines the quality of the landscape... In mysticism too and among all peoples, the earth is assigned a particular significance: earth is primary materials, conveyor of energy; earth means beginning and end."
For more information on Ulrike Arnold, go to her site at www.ulrikearnold.com
(Painting from top to bottom are; from Africa series, from America series and from Asia series)