Barrier, 2008

What do you see when your eyes are closed? Our inner imagery consists of flickering remnants of perception, an ocean of fleeting impressions and particles of memory. They bob up to the reservoir’s surface and sink back down again in a sequence as illogical as that of a dream. In her paintings, Corinne Wasmuht pursues the paths of these inner images. She interlocks temporally and spatially separate visual finds, surpassing early modern art by dissolving the unity of time, space and perspective in the manner of multiple photographic exposures. Confusing pictorial cascades are the result, bearing a strong connection to the urban space and its powerful optical stimuli.

In “Barrier”, 2008, the artist processes photos of the Forbidden City in Beijing along with other – non-identifiable – visual sources. Abstract and representational fragments annihilate one another; two-dimensional areas alternate with strongly receding ones. At the same time, the painting seems to be moving weightlessly at the speed of light.

© Corinne Wasmuht


Oil on wood
214 × 548 cm
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