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Magdalena Felice

Fallen Out of Space

Elisabeth Wedenig is one of those painters who develop their visual worlds in a tension between object description and abstraction. Her art is guided by the idea that there is not just one truth, that truth is changeable and flexible, and therefore, images can also change. In her works, the artist combines real and imaginary spaces, intertwining, overlapping, and condensing them into pictorial realities with something profound, even mysterious. Humans, animals, and sometimes hybrid beings inhabit fragile pictorial spaces. Like the objects, ornamental details, architectures, and landscape fragments that appear in the paintings, they are often fragments from memories or dreams, art historical images, or photographs. In addition to the representational elements, an equally significant aspect of the paintings is the painterly expression. It combines a strong, colorful composition that repeatedly detaches itself from object description, becomes independent, and overlays the paintings with strong contrasts and color harmonies, with characteristics of drawing such as linearity and exposed areas that keep the canvas visible as the carrier of the image. The evocative titles add a narrative element, bringing life to and simultaneously intensifying the mysterious.

Much in Elisabeth Wedenig's artworks, mostly created in series, emerges during the process of creation. Simultaneously, deliberately initiated processes outside of the painting work provide thematic guidelines, such as correspondence with colleagues or comparing the grandfather's travel memories with the artist's own experiences in retracing those journeys in the present.

"Fallen Out of Space" is a multipart work consisting of various-sized canvases, hung and placed at different heights on a wall, partially obscuring each other, yet collectively forming a single pictorial space, depicting a scene. This leads to both a boundarylessness of the painting, appearing projected onto the canvases in the overall view. The non-formulation of individual figures and objects emphasizes the ephemeral character that arises as a result. On the other hand, the painting technique on canvas allows for rearranging and repositioning into different constellations in physical space, making it visible that each image shows only a segment. As with other works, the artist transfers individual details from the paintings into drawings and varies them there.

With this series, ultimately completed by the viewer's gaze, Elisabeth Wedenig illustrates on different levels the variability of perception and the experience of reality.

On the occasion of the acquisition by the MMKK, Carinthian Museum of Modern Art, Klagenfurt in 2020.

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