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Describtions of the works Fire, Water, Air Earth

Fire, Water, Air, Earth

The small oil paintings "Earth", "Water", "Fire" and "Air" describe the four basic elements of the world which, according to Plato and Aristotle, take place in the sense of a circulation of bodies. However, Veronika Spleiss' bodies are not triangles, but figurative forms that move or even stand depending on the element. The principle is: They change constantly.

Metaphorically transferred, they understand themselves to the artist as follows: The green earth as standstill and peace, the blue water as flow and change, the yellow fire as energy and power, the white air as state of suspension and lightness.

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About the artist:

The artist Veronika Spleiss with Estonian and Russian roots is interested in visual arts since more than fifteen years. At the Painting school by Natalia Zurakowska in Munich, she learned the techniques in painting, graphic and illustration which gave her a broad understanding of art. After her intellectual studies in French and Russian literature and political theory in Munich, Clermont-Ferrand and Passau Veronika Spleiss has dedicated herself to artistic creation that brings her to the series "FOLLOWING THE BLACK LINES". A viewer of the paintings by Veronika Spleiss once has said: "It reminds me of a tidy chaos". He meant the interaction of order and chaos. The black oil and acrylic paint surrounds the artwork to the edges and gives the painting something immersing and deep. Out of the black paint, forms of white, gold and bright colours come to the surface and bring the deepness to substance. So the two-dimensionality enables a sharper focus and reveals structures which seemed to be gone. Therefore the chaotic elements of her works are not that taken by chaos as it might seem for the viewer. Indeed the first glimpse on the painting is an overwhelming celebration of forms and colours and its single common feature is the black edging of the paintings. But the second glimpse, out of the white and colourful fragments, discloses associative forms of the reality and on the meta level their tales.

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