With my background in design, painting revealed itself as a vital counter-practice to the minute and figurative work of drawing.
I am an abstract painter with a tendency towards minimalism. I aim to pare expression down to its most essential and to balance emptiness with substance.
I use few gestures, but they are strong and decisive. They may be spontaneous or the result of deep reflection. Space as the ‘void’ that surrounds a gesture plays a central role, that I perceive as being similar to the space of resonance that encloses a sound.
In certain places I apply amounts of thick acrylic paint on a flat background thus creating relief. This ‘third dimension’ lends even more sensuality to the artistic experience and allows the observer to ‘enter’ my paintings as though they were abstract landscapes.
The rhythmic marks may seem to be a code or recall Braille script, and I like to imagine that you can have the feeling to touch my paintings with your eyes.
For me painting involves the discovery of my own language as well as an exploration of myself. It is both an act of freedom and an acquisition of self-awareness.
I’m inspired by nature and I aim to render its vitality through my paintings, most of all by the movement of brushstrokes and marks, blending colors and fluidity.
I also explore the same elements as those of musical composition, like time, dynamics, rhythm, harmony, acceleration and silence, which are essential components of life, too.
To the contrary of many artists, my work is not driven by pain or suffering. Although such has not been absent from my life, in my work I choose to share my most harmonious emotions instead.
Through my work I search to express vitality, balance, serenity and profound joy. The pre-condition for my artistic work is therefore to overcome any kind of struggle, which demands a constant work on myself even before applying brush to canvas.
All images © Johanna Marie Schimming
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