Miriam Vlaming, I can hear your heartbeat, 2011, egg tempera on canvas, 120x150cm
Desperately lost between spaces, between worlds, between time, and uncertainties… abstruse longings, defused apparitions of melancholy ... these associations come to mind when looking at the new paintings of the Berlin-based artist, Miriam Vlaming.
Vlaming - even as a master student of Arno Rink at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts- cannot be assigned to the 'Leipziger Schule', as her style reveals more affinities towards artists such as Herbert C. Ottersbach, the earlier Peter Doig and/or the Chinese artist, Yang Shaobin.
Isolated objects are found in jungle-like settings, backyards are portrayed as hardly or not at all inhabited islands, overwhelming landscapes devour the creative influence and traces of human existence disappear- engrossed by nature's lavishness.
During today's present state of racing standstill, Vlaming's use of egg tempera (a technique which is presently out of fashion) convey the sensation of times both long forgotten and vanished. Vlaming applies numerous layers of thin coats of paint to the canvas, only to then remove these with sponges, brushes, or even with her bare hands. Through this method, the artist has developed dream sequences that are like an untraceable reminder of things past, things said and perhaps even things not yet thought of.
The artist has devoted some of her most recent work to universe, as it has been the place of many desires and aspirations throughout human history. Tiny people confronted with the vast starlit skies. Vlaming also consciously links onto the idea of landscape paintings in Romanticism and continues the recurring dialogue between inner and outer worlds.
After shows in Berlin (2009) and Beijing (2011), the gallery is proud to present Miriam Vlaming's third solo exhibition, THE UNKNOWN LAND.