“To me, the soul speaks in pictures.”
Having become aware that my intuition is much more creative than my conscious thought, the ideas for my masks usually arise from my preoccupation with my subconscious. They show up either as themes, as dream words or even as the suggestion of a shape.
I start by bending a wire spontaneously and with panache, or bending and combining randomly cut pieces of material. Sometimes the shape “works” almost immediately, sometimes it takes me time to feel through it. After I have fixed the shape with tape, the lengthy process of bringing it alive begins, which I achieve with three superimposed layers of glued paper. Then comes the thrilling creative final phase in which I discover for myself how the colours and the painting should be. This process often takes weeks and is an exciting time for me.
The five works in the exhibition were created as an expression of very personal inner states–my True Colours. To me, the soul speaks in pictures. My masks have their origins both in my dreams and my subconscious, but sometimes they also come from ancient myths and traditions. I often amaze myself with what I have created with my own hands, because the masks embody my thoughts and feelings. They show inner fragmentation, naivety, the inner child, the loom of dualism inside one’s head, fear and horror, the breaking down of walls, or the uplifting feelings, like being a wave in the ocean.
Paintings from the exhibition “True Colours”
|*1960||in Lünen, Germany|
|1978 – 84||
University of Aachen, German language and literature, art
|1986 – 91||
Puppet Theatre, Düsseldorf, Germany. Guest performances in Canada, United Kingdom, Poland, Japan, Indonesia.
|1991 – 92||
|1992||Founder of Dance theater group “MIRANTI“ in Solo/ Centraljava.|
|1993||Tour MIRANTI to Jakarta and Bandung with„Nagasada“ among other at Goethe Institut Bandung and Centre Culturel Francais Bandung.|
|Since 1994||lives in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia|
|Since 2008||Focussing on the creation of abstract masks.|
|2021||“Dewaruci” Maskenperformance mit Musik von S. Yasudah am Sukuh Tempel, Mount Lawu, Zentraljava|
|2018||Momos und Querella, Solo-mask play in cooperation with musicians Carsten Bethmann und Holger Kirleis at the event “Zwischen die Ohren” in Hannover, Bürgerschule Nordstadt|
|2017||Exhibition of masks at SIVA (Solo International Visual Art), Group exhibition, gallery at ISI (Indonesian Institute of the Art Surakarta)|
|2016||Exhibition Fotoserie “Schattenkompositionen Italien” in intl. group exhibition “Aku Yo Gestalten” UII Yogyakarta, Indonesia|
|2015||Workshop in Miranti Movement at MAM (Movement Art Meeting) in Amsterdam|
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