KATHARINA HOLSTEIN-STURM


UNIVERSES • 38 X 78 • EGG TEMPERA, SHELLACK INK, WAX PASTE • $2,100


ARTIST'S STATEMENT

This series evolved during a residency in Dorland, in Southern California. It was a very special time: desert, nature, silence, solitude, heat.
Every day I spent 10 hours painting, threw myself into the process, sharpened my feeling for colour, material, gained the trust, that my hand already knows, what my brain doesn't yet.


BIOGRAPHY

With a small palette of colors, I embark on the process of painting, concentrating on structures, subtle nuances and surfaces. My materials are beeswax, shellac, egg tempera, gypsum, dammar resin and pigments. I give the material a lot of space and experiment with it. Phases of patient glittering alternate with eruptive outbursts. On the one hand playing with and the desire for color, on the other hand the patient concentration in the serial elements are important parts in the development of the image.

I work on many pictures at the same time. The applied solutions take a long time to dry. In the intervening phases, I observe and listen to the images from all sides, until I realize how the painting wants to be painted on. They drive me over when I am not satisfied but can not yet hear how to proceed.Some become almost completely overpainted after a year or more and gain more depth.

But this time is needed until they mature. If they create a suction, take a look into the depths until the mind comes to rest, then they are done.


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