Mark Hartzheim
Series:
Inner Landscapes
Inner Landscapes
"Art does not reproduce the visible - art makes things visible." (Paul Klee)
This series deals with making subconscious processes visible. To borrow a phrase from Paul Klee's analogy of the artist as a tree, I transmit images from the depths, just as the roots convey nutrients upwards into the trunk and finally the treetop. I begin by literally feeling my way forward across the paper, using both hands and with eyes closed; by means of pastel chalk inner pictures materialise. These can be calm and meditative als well as impulsively expressive. They authentically reflect my state of mind without being consciously influenced.
The quick pastel sketches provide the point of departure for painting in watercolour. Shapes and lines are delineated, expressive strokes taken up on and emphasised, colours are intensified and differentiated, spatial effects come about almost inadvertently. The gestural pastel sketch is completely transformed.


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Rebirth, 2013
pastel, watercolour on paper
70 cm x 100 cm

Creatio Continua, 2014
pastel, watercolour on paper
70 cm x 100 cm

Enigma, 2014
pastel, watercolour on paper
70 cm x 100 cm

Rise and Release, 2014
pastel, watercolour on paper
69,5 cm x 41,5 cm

Perennial Growth, 2017
pastel, watercolour on paper
60,5 cm x 100 cm

Gestation, 2017
pastel, watercolour on paper
60 cm x 100 cm

Kindred Spirits, 2021
Pastell auf Papier
100 cm x 70 cm

Awakening, 2021
pastel, watercolour on paper
75 x 110 cm

Into My Own, 2021
pastel, watercolour on paper
75 x 110 cm

Unfolding, 2021
pastel, watercolour on paper
70 x 100 cm

Ebb and Flow, 2021
pastel, watercolour on paper
75 x 110 cm

Parallel Worlds, 2021
pastel, watercolour on paper
72 x 106 cm

Coalescing, 2021
pastel, watercolour on paper
75 x 110 cm

Crucible, 2021/22
pastel, watercolour on paper
75 x 110 cm


© 2022 Mark Hartzheim