â€ž The title of this exhibition: Between mud flat and desert - has two geographical terms, two types of
landscapes, two parts of the world, two moods, which canÂ´t be more extreme. I donÂ´t know any other artist, dealing simultaneously with such extremes.
- Landscapes in artistic terms are appropriation of nature
-They also include an explanation of these appropriations
-Finally, as a fact they are interpretations, as well as documents
of an artistic identity
Maren Wellendorf in this exhibition shows works on two landscape types:
On one hand the Andalusian countryside, often sparse, with the harsh structures of bare hills, mostly deserted but
with the overwhelming power of their appearance.
On the other hand paintings dealing with the North German mud flats. The colour changes, the structures refer to the effects of tides, the sky is important.
Maren Wellendorf is an artist who feels the differences of these landscapes with seismographic sensitivity and transmits the feeling of this sensation to her audience. Each artwork in this exhibition is thus for
its viewers "a precious vessel into which he can pour his feelings." It is not necessary to identify a landscape, more important is the mood and atmosphere, the aura of an artwork. "Un petit coin de
la seen crÃ©ation" - a piece of creation through a temperament. This means Maren Wellendorf is not satisfied with the implementation of external nature but adds her inner nature. Therefore some landscapes lose
some of their topography but they gain much of psychology!
The artist, who lives surrounded by Spanish landscape does not perceive it the same way as tourists do. She sees the
nature and at the same time she is aware of its exposure to humans. She does not seek for the romantic idyll but directs her attention to the sparseness, the harshness, the wasteland. She knows that the on one hand
the beauty of the mountains, the barren land with its broken colours are an aesthetic event, but on the other hand constitute a sign of a destroyed landscape.
For a long time Maren Wellendorf
has been reluctant to portray the landscapes of Spain - to all our advantage she has overcome her reluctance and shows us her unique visual language of great panoramas, but also more intimate insight into the
archaic world with original villages – with no parking and no souvenir shops!
In an interview the painter reported, that she perceives through the elemental force of the mountain sides, the
smallness of man very clearly – at the same time she may dispose freely as a painter on such a landscape, she can - literally - move mountains - and she does! Thus each artwork is not created after nature, neither before nature, neither parallel to nature, but of nature (CÃ©zanne), or created as nature (Picasso).
Each painting refers to the existing creation, but at the same time it is re-creation, i.e. creation of a work that
previously did not exist and now forms part of our world. Caspar David Friedrich: "... The painter has to paint not only what he sees in front of him ..."
Because Maren Wellendorf sees the landscapes inside herself, she can paint a landscape of mud
flats, while she lives in the Spanish mountains.
Degas to a student: "Memory and imagination ..." - Maren Wellendorf draws out of both.
The personal style of Maren Wellendorf can be described with one word: Clarity!
Each paintings composition is brilliant, balanced, not a square centimetre is thoughtless, like clamped the
paintingsÂ´ elements stand in the formats, in the tensional structure, in the ordered structure.
The differences between the formats: 1st The size
2nd The proportion
Briefly: Each painting is the result of exact pictorial thinking.
But it is more!
To the intellectual planning of the creative process a high emotional power comes in.
Especially Maren WellendorfÂ´s chosen colour schemes succeed to express this sensual component of her painting. And
admirable, how she is able to develop a new painting a new colour tone. (E.g., “cork” or the amazing Diptych “mud flat”)
As for the mud flat paintings a new materiality occurs especially. The paintingÂ´s surface becomes a relief; sand, plastics, and fragments of shells - the
colour is added to the topic and thus they change the surface, which then changes again under the influence of light and lighting.
Maren Wellendorf has sovereignty over the craft and technical means of painting, she works with
acrylic - and oil paints in layers, usually a combination of both, i.e. the use of classical methods of painting. Such a mastery of craft is not art itself - but the absolute precondition for any art (music,
We find ourselves at this exhibition that presents an artist who leads us into two different parts of the
world. Free from any scheme she knew how to enrol each subject an individuality which sets it apart from every other painting. And yet all the paintings do have a kind of relation within. Each painting just
radiates out also that
- the spiritual world
- the emotional sensuality, briefly
- origins from the artistic conception of Maren Wellendorf!
I wish for the artist and hope for all of us to experience the spiritual
senses of her paintings and to experience spiritually the sensual of her paintings.
My congratulations to the artist, thank you all ...