For many of us, as we navigate from one season to the next, the sight of dry leaves gathered at the bottom of trees spell nothing more than extra chores for us to do. Not for the mind of the creative, however.
Whether it is the peelings and scrapings and other organic material that is left over when preparing a meal and collected for the compost heap, or the textures of patterns of tree flowers, Gerdis Stadtherr manages to glimpse into a world of colour and fantasy, and with her new exhibition titled “Spin-offs”, she invites fellow art lovers into the same world.
“I have a great respect for organic processes, watching how one puzzle piece playfully fits into the other and develops into a new identity,” says Stadtherr.
Now onto her 14th career exhibition, her collection of pastel, lino ink and oil on canvas uses mundane objects to create a spectacular presentation of colour and creative textures.
Perhaps the epitome of this is a painting simply titled, Eggs and Coffe, a 30x24.5 cm canvas tucked between similar worthy pieces. One egg, and a shattered egg shell share the tale of a tasty breakfast the artist once consumed, but with her free flowing hand, it comes alive upon the canvas, enticing you to take it home and hang it on your chief house wall to present to guests, rather than the rubbish where the subject of her art have undoubtedly ended up.
The majority of paintings focus on a Jacaranda tree from her garden that produces an abundance of blossoms and subsequently seed pots. “These seeds, with shapes varying from bizarre to elegant, have plenty a leathery texture and, as an exercise, I started drawing heaped-up seed pots,” Stadtherr reveals.
The Jacaranda blossoms look very different when heaped up on top of each other. Colours, shadows enrich and influence each other, giving the viewer a beautiful collection.
Those willing to take a canvas home have to fork out around N$2000-N$5000 but for the art lover, this is a price they would be willing to pay. Those who just want to take a look are welcome to do so.
The exhibition which began showing last week on 16 September will last until 5 October.