THE SOLSTICE COLLECTION
SOLSTICE #1 2019
Diptych - Acrylic on canvas - 70 X 70
SOLSTICE #2 2019
Triptych - Acrylic on canvas - 60 X 25
SOLSTICE #3 2019
Acrylic on Canvas - 50cm x 70 cm
SOLSTICE #4 2019
Acrylic on Canvas - 35cm x 40 cm
SOLSTICE #5 2019
Acrylic on board - 50cm x 50 cm
SOLSTICE #6 2019
Acrylic on board - 35cm x 70 cm
SOLSTICE #7 2019
Acrylic on wood - 30cm x 40 cm
SOLSTICE #8 2019
Acrylic on wood - 18cm x 45 cm
THE MOVEMENT OF CELESTIAL BODIES AND ITS INFLUENCE:
Since the beginning of humankind, we have looked to the sky to find signals that guide us through the transitions of the seasons and the times to sow and harvest. Proof of this are the many found traditional astronomical observatories like Stonehenge, or any other Neolithic archaeoastronomical sites. These examples were studied by the artist for her Architectural master thesis.
In the modern day, there is still something magical and primitive about looking up to the sky and trying to understand the movement of the celestial bodies and our position among them. Observatories not only provide a functional and scientific aspect, they also explore a spiritual dimension. There is hope for the rebirth of the sun; when the days slowly become longer, and the nights are marked by lingering sunsets. These moments have influenced the spiritual emotions of humans, and has similarly inspired the artist to create her latest art. The artist’s season begins when the north pole tilts towards the sun, and the days get longer. Longing for sunlight on those early spring days drastically impacts her productivity.
This performance is an experiment to explore the limits of productivity and creativity of the artist during the longest day of 2019: Summer Solstice on 21st June. At the artist’s longitude and latitude of 52.010810, 4.347790, the sun witnessed her creations, starting at 5:22 am sunrise until 10:06 pm sunset. Any pieces, collections, and products of this experiment are part of a series called “Solstice”. They are numbered chronologically in order to study the changes and transitions in style, creativity and productivity. The performance was documented with a time-lapse to support the authenticity.
Performance shot at 6:15am
21 June 2019
THE SUN AND THE SEARCH OF THE MUSES:
Some studies consider the darkness of the Winter Solstice as a niche of creation for artists, from Caravaggio to Picasso, to the Dutch masters of light. The night was their time of contemplation, revelation and imagination.
Formal art based on mythical figures or legends might follow this concept, but abstract art is more importantly based in color and contrasts. The kind of art in line with the artist’s style requires bright and colorful days. An active and positive atmosphere thus reflects on the paintings.
The muses are the most longing concern for artists and their search for inspiration. The artist often wonders how to capture that inspiration and settle into a productive mood. The muses come easier for her from the spring equinox to the summer solstice. Pouring out this artistic feeling in a performance spanning a full day will explore the capricious paths of the muses.
Social media image: End of performance at 10:07pm
21 June 2019