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Christiane Bergelt

Christiane Bergelt

Chorin/ Germany

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Painting • Born in Marienberg • Studied at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, London/ AdBK Nürnberg
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Published  08/01/2018   |   Updated  25/09/2018

in the woods

I'm a painter living in a house in the woods of Brandenburg.
My work evolves around experience, memory, language and the utter joy of exploring colour and shape.
The container and foundation for the work is the human figure.

These are paintings as accumulation and remnant of all someone’s activities.
Motionless at first, but swift like sunbathing lizards, figures emerge.

Working with paper...

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I'm a painter living in a house in the woods of Brandenburg.
My work evolves around experience, memory, language and the utter joy of exploring colour and shape.
The container and foundation for the work is the human figure.

These are paintings as accumulation and remnant of all someone’s activities.
Motionless at first, but swift like sunbathing lizards, figures emerge.

Working with paper as ground, colour, bodies and pictorial space ignite my practice as a painter.
Events, words and ideas interfere before submitting and we find out when and why it is a painting.

Installation view: Lücke im Wald , Kloster Chorin

Installation view: Lücke im Wald , Kloster Chorin

Lücke im Wald , Kloster Chorin

Lücke im Wald , Kloster Chorin

Lücke im Wald , Kloster Chorin

Lücke im Wald , Kloster Chorin

Lücke im Wald , Kloster Chorin

Lücke im Wald , Kloster Chorin

fsi, ted ed, 2017, mixed media on paper, 25,2 x 23 cm

fsi, ted ed, 2017, mixed media on paper, 25,2 x 23 cm

Doula I +II and the soft animal of your body, Installation view MARK, Kunsthalle Brennabor, Brandenburg/ Havel

Doula I +II and the soft animal of your body, Installation view MARK, Kunsthalle Brennabor, Brandenburg/ Havel

fsi: ted ed, parisian veil, yellow blinds that never, slick boulders, Installation view MARK, Kunsthalle Brennabor, Brandenburg/ Havel

fsi: ted ed, parisian veil, yellow blinds that never, slick boulders, Installation view MARK, Kunsthalle Brennabor, Brandenburg/ Havel

fsi, coelin bath, 2016, mixed media on paper, 29,5 x 18 cm

fsi, coelin bath, 2016, mixed media on paper, 29,5 x 18 cm

Installation view ULTRA MERE, Galerie Borssenanger, Chemnitz, 27.01.-24.02.2017

Installation view ULTRA MERE, Galerie Borssenanger, Chemnitz, 27.01.-24.02.2017

tunnel vision, oil on paper and linen, 40 x 35 cm

tunnel vision, oil on paper and linen, 40 x 35 cm

triangolo rosa, 2014, oil on paper and linen, 40 x 55 cm

triangolo rosa, 2014, oil on paper and linen, 40 x 55 cm

What is it about your studio space that inspires you?

Solitude and spatial limitations. It's a condensed space I'm working in and it allows to focus on small formats. At night it turns into a lit up glass box. During warmer months it becomes a transitional space inhabited by insects and dust.

What sounds, scents and sights do you encounter while in your studio?

Recently I moved into a new studio space. An incredibly clear space. The previous studio was a paned verandah surrounded by the woods. I enjoy its noise and silence as well as disturbing it when I'm listening to music. The glasspanels are several decades old. They keep me attentive, as their irregularities and my motion create movement in the surroundings where there is none. I do love the scent of oil colours and the mediums used to dilute them.

What is your favourite material to work with? How has your use of it evolved throughout your practice?

Oilpaint, paper and detours. Its odour. It's the most sensual to me. Besides its body, scent and consistencies it goes along with the trial and error work approach. Surprise me - yes! The speed of painting compared to the amount of time considering and reevaluating the decisions that have been made.

What themes do you pursue?

Work evolves in the spheres of experience, memory, bodies, language and the utter joy of exploring colour and shape. At its peak not knowing and lurking surprises take over.

What advice has had the biggest impact on your career?

Bei sich bleiben. I utterly cherish chats with friends and how unknown thoughts loom there about painting.

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

I love a good kitchen, preferably with a couple of mates eating, chatting for hours.


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2018

Lücke im Wald, Kloster Chorin

2017

ultra meer, Galerie Borssenanger, Chemnitz

2015

there there, Galerie Sturm, Nürnberg

GROUP

2018

SCHLAFENDE HUNDE, Uta Zaumseil + Christiane Bergelt, Galerie Borssenanger

MARK, Kunsthalle Brennabor, Brandenburg/ Havel

As I took her arm she stared through my face at the dark branches of the trees over my head...., curated by Michael Lawton, Yellow, Varese, Italy

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PUBLICATIONS

AWARDS

Schloss Wiepersdorf, Land Brandenburg

DAAD Grant Iceland

2017 Nachwuchsförderpreis Bildende Kunst, Land Brandenburg

EDUCATION (detailed)

2003-2009 Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg

2006 Accademia di Belle Arti di Sassari

2009-2010 Chelsea College of Arts and Design, London


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