"The exhibited works by Charlotte Schwarz-Sierp are by no means pure paintings or pure drawings, they are a network, a combination of different techniques, which she combines in a collage. This also addresses the variety of materials, printed foils, transparent paper can be integrated on the image carrier.
The picture, which is complete at first glance, is made up of different levels, layers and strata on closer inspection. With paint, charcoal or graphite, a supposedly flat surface becomes a relief and sometimes only seems to be kept in check with the help of the framing. Approaching the works, the surface becomes a sculptural structure with bulges and elevations.
Charlotte Schwarz-Sierp uses the addition of gold in her most recent works. (….)
On the one hand, it is the real light that seems to glitter on a water surface and, on the other hand, it becomes a spiritual energy that can unfold in nature. It becomes something mystical, original and mysterious that no longer has to go hand in hand with a rational explanation. (….)
When I looked at the palm tree pictures, it almost seemed to me as if I was standing in the middle of a storm-lashed nature, the rain is constantly falling from the sky, it rustles, it splashes and you can feel the forces of nature. The red, jagged, nervously erratic lines running through selected works in this series evoke the unstoppable deflection of the seismograph recording the tremor of the tremor, reminding us how fragile paradise can become when nature rises above it. (….)
In addition to the water theme, we find another series that the artist titled "Undergrowth, Cactus and Forest Pictures". (....)
You will find the drawn line, but also the line or the contour that comes about through the cut out shape. Next to the drawn cactus leaf there is an empty form, a void created from cut out transparent paper. New structures of the plant can emerge from the gaps by overlapping, which the line specifies....... "
Excerpts from the exhibition opening speech "KraftLinenFormKraft" on January 15th, 2020
by Dr. Nicole Birnfeld