Wache (Arena)

mixed media on wood or
on fabric mounted on wood
serial work, 20 pieces
various sizes
2014

'Wache' means ‘guard’ but also to ‘be aware’ and to ‘wake up’. The paintings of this series are built up out of many layers, like veils over the image, which, observed more closely, produces an effect of depth. The glazes feel ethereal as a result of multiple drying processes involving various paints and water volumes. The way the colours dissolve in water can be manipulated to a certain degree. The drying of the glazes, however, defies control, and the result depends on many factors. This process makes the painting the metaphorical arena for a battle over whether control is won, lost or merely feigned. The graphical, clearly defined marks on the opaque surface (that is, in the arena), can be seen simultaneously in free fall and/or in equillibrium. There is a fine line between balance and collapse.

Wache (Arena A)
mixed media on fabric
mounted on wood
79 cm x 61 cm

Wache (Arena B)
mixed media on fabric
60 cm x 49,50 cm

Wache (Arena E)
mixed media on fabric
mounted on wood
40 cm x 36 cm

Wache (Arena M)
mixed media on fabric
mounted on wood
61 cm x 49,50 cm

Wache (Arena N)
mixed media on wood
40 cm x 36 cm

Wache (Arena L)
mixed media on wood
mounted on wood
61 cm x 49,50 cm

Wache (Arena C)
mixed media on fabric
mounted on wood
70 cm x 35 cm

Wache (Arena F)
mixed media on fabric
mounted on wood
109 cm x 61 cm