Starting point of Frauke Schlitz’ art practice is questioning the phenomenon of the space that surrounds us, the space that we inhabit and navigate through. Her work is informed by travelling and experiencing the unfamiliar environment. It deals with buildings and rooms that possess distinct features. Thereby the work reflects the “signs of space”.
Through strategies like repeting, mirroring and shifting, those “signs of space” become palpable. The space in between is significant as it consists of a set of relations that delineates positions and makes the lines click into place. Therefore nets, grids and interwoven structures have been crucial motives in her work for a long time.
The geometric reduction provides a kind of grammatical framework that creates different levels of meaning in the (image-)space. Frauke Schlitz is using a flexible way to move through drawing: from paper to wall to ceiling to maneuverable boards and sculpture.
No matter through which approach, she always focuses on the poetical qualities of space beyond pure physicality. Tectonics, rhythm, equilibrium, continuity and disruption become metaphors pointing to both the inner and the outside world.
In my new work, I construct my representations from the same natural elements which are used to build myths. I retell the stories with an emphasis on line and form. These new images place attention on the symbolism of colors and materials derived from nature. The lines traced in my images are also informed by my interest in revisiting mythological narratives and attempting to distill them as simply as Ovid relates his tales.
The materials and their sources are intentionally and carefully selected. Grays suggest smoke and air, sap green is the life line coursing through the woven knots. The overlay of gold metallic lines represent a heavenly grid,while the mineral pigments hematite and terra vert are the earthly plane. The materials conjure associations with the stories,and the beings that inhabited those myths. The line and shape imply the movement and expansiveness of their life force and energy: line in particular has the ability to diagram this force and direction.
These colors and metallics personify the life, ground,and atmosphere of these histories, but line and shape imply the momentum, and the extent of those currents. Line can diagram this movement, and its mass and force. The line may guide us to what we already know or it can move us in the direction of the unknown and into the imaginary; what we want to know and is still mysterious.
Galerieseite: Carin Riley
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