by Rikke Darling (Denmark)
Residency at Kersan Art Studio 25.10 - 25.11 2014
Exhibition at Galeri Canna 3.12 - 21.12 2014
“But humans are nature. We are all made by the same ground material.”
With the theme of insects buzzing sounds could be imagined while watching the painted story. Classical Chinese paintings often show insects, for example crickets which were even hold as a pet in a small cage because people liked to listen to their sounds, like singers singing a song. Chinese painting was often combined with poems in calligraphic writing, so they were called “soundless poems”, because they were not read loud. By the poetic power of her paintings Rikke Darling evokes an impression of sound, she lets us feel the noise of swirling bees and buzzing beetles.
Starting from research and intense conceptualizing she seeks for the unknown mysteries in life, considering all life forms as basically the same, coming from the same ground material. Looking for the principle of balance in nature, or life generally, she explores the light and the dark sides of this organic process by acknowledging dangers, risks and abysses. She invites the viewer for a journey through inner and outer spaces. There is a demanding appeal in this: to observe the inner and outer worlds more diligently and to bring them into balance again. The macrocosm is reflected by the microcosm, structures outside relate to structures inside. Life forms consist of structures, nad life itself is structuring. Life is a process, so is art. As she says: “It’s all about life.”