Ink Paintings and Mixed Media
In the fall of 2020 I was fed up with all those colors. After I had already worked over the summer on some color reduced small series and experimented a lot with acrylic ink, I began my first experiments with indian ink. I was quickly captivated by working with this fluid material. It results in a completely different dynamic and an intense directness in the work process.
By reducing the materials, I want to direct the attention entirely to the forms. The question that drives me in these works: How much (or little) does it take to recognize a shape, a feeling? Accordingly, the "let it happen" in my ink painting is more in the background while the representation of faces is forced.
Mixed Media Artworks 2020-2021
Almost parallel to the first ink paintings I started creating mixed media works.
After nearly one year of working virtually every day and with access to an array of materials, I have re-exposed my childlike love of experimentation, which is used excessively. Here I find the balance to the more conceptually designed faces from my ink painting. Here the colors have their space again as well as unconventional ideas.
Works are created in the combination of acrylic paint and ink as well as ink and watercolor. While ink and watercolor is rather a classic combination, the fusion of acrylic paint and ink is rather unusual, but quite interesting. On the one hand, ink can be used to set fine accents in works with impasto acrylic paint. On the other hand, black ink develops a special intensity in combination with acrylic paint.
Technically, there were many setbacks at the beginning: The ink kept dissolving when the final firn was applied, which simply ruined some works. After tests with various inks and separating layers I was able to eliminate the problems.