Scrolls - About the Themes


Painting in general has been described here. The following is about some painted scrolls and their inspirational process in detail. Technically the art of ancient Japanese and Chinese paintings on silk and paper scrolls intrigued me to develop my own scroll mounting techniques - thus the silk scrolls are not glued to paper but entirely made from silk and other fabric. Scrolls are easier to handle for large size formats other than mounts on stretcher frames.

a little series of 3 silk scrolls, was inspired by Indian culture and art which invite you to touch, urge you to become part of it because of its vividness, colours, richness and wealth of forms. Transforming an example of incredibly sophisticated architecture into something tactile, smooth and soft was the intent for "The Palace" . The image itself is fiction but still reminiscent of the incredible stone carvings which can be found at facades and innner walls of palaces, temples and even houses all over the Indian subcontinent and other Asian countries.
The craftmanship of these architectural artefacts is simply stunning and their fragile forms seem unable to hold the weight of all those ornaments. The intertwined window bars and railings which decorate most of the facades of the Indian palaces appear like pieces of lace from the distance. "The Palace" cannot represent the skills of centuries - it is only a humble attempt to remind us of what human spirit and creativity can achieve.

The ornaments on the scrolls are all painted and are a reminder of the intricate batics that can be found in southeast Asia.

Hidden Gems
is a series about the treasures that can be found deep beneath the surface of our planet. Minerals such as agates which are hidden well within stones and rocks belong to the most interesting gemstones because of their unlimited variations. This chalecedony quartz is normally found as a cavity filling in rock, therefore mostly round in its outer form, with concentric bands similar to the rings of a tree trunk.
Sometimes these patterns are reminiscent of tiny landscapes or forms transferred directly from the outer world to a microcosm. Agates have always been considered to possess magical powers and I am equally fascinated by their variety and beauty.
"Sun" represents the colours of the sun while "Bloodmoon" is reminiscent of the female cycle with the cell growing in the womb and dying again every four weeks. The consequences are often painful, intertwined with gushes of blood and altogether a rather violent event.
"Spheres" is an example for images transferred from the outer world to a microcosmos, landscapes which are tiny but nevertheless beautiful and full of magical power.

consists of 3 pieces - one about hornets, the other two about a very special butterfly.
"Hornets" is an hommage to an insect which has a very bad reputation due to many myths which need to be rectified. Exaggerated stories of hornet attacks and the effect of their stings such as "Seven hornet stings kill a horse, three an adult and two a child" simply belong to that world of fairy tales. Such myths which exist for generations have led to the hornet to become an endangered species in many areas of Central Europe, due to merciless human pursuit. Additionally hornets belong to the most sophisticated architects in the insect world. Their nests are extremely beautiful and were the inspiration for this painted abstract silk scroll.
"Panaxia I and II" were inspired by a natural spectacle that takes place in Rhodes, Greece each year: on the western side of the island there is the Valley of the Butterflies. During August, thousands of butterflies of the genus Panaxia (species Quadripunctaria Poda) overwhelm the valley in order to reproduce. During the rainy season, the caterpillars feed on the foliage of the Mediterranean bushes. Towards the end of May, the metamorphosis begins and thousands of butterflies appear.

is another little series, inspired by natural sceneries. "Desert" is a pure colour piece, while "Ricefields" is inspired by the typical landscapes in southeast Asia where the eye is guided towards the horizon by a nearly monotonous sea of rice grains.
The "Ice World" of the artic region is the antipode of the hot deserts and not less deadly with temperatures below 60C during winter. It can be equally beautiful in its purity. When snow has been under enormous pressure for quite some time it turns into clear ice that appears to emanate light in all shades of blue, from light turquoise to nearly black. This has been the inspiration for this semi-surrealistic silk scroll.

Special Themes
is a series of silk scrolls with various subjects. "Windows" is a semi-abstract piece, an interpretation of the sacred. Windows are the portals for the mind when in need for harmony and peace.
"The 7th Sign" is an interpretation of the famous film's theme. "... and when there is no soul left the human being will be born without a soul! The legend of "The Guf" in the Talmud is about the "Hall of Souls", a heavenly and sacred place where souls reside until they are born to flesh.
The story of the film "The 7th Sign" says that the Guf contains only a finite number of souls. Each is "born" into a living being and the sparrow is the only creature which can see the soul descending to the body. That is why he sings. No matter how the film ends this image is the interpretation of an apocalyptical vision. The Guf is empty, there is no bird song and human beings are born without a soul after the loss of the last innocence. The earth is burning after the last war and what is left are hollow shadows.

is a series about the "Deadly Sins" . The appropriate character is represented by a face that has been transformed into an ugly grotesque. This way they play a role in today's society and serve as a mirror.
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