Made With Color Presents: Marie Irmgard’s Gestural Paintings Sway Between Abstraction And Representation

Karen and Kim, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 70 cm

untitled, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 140 cm (2)

Hey Joni, acrylic on canvas, 55 x 60 cm

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Berlin based artist Marie Irmgard’s paintings are a dizzying swirl of gesture, form, and abstraction. Each painting is suspended in a state between abstraction and depiction, ever fluctuating between now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t. Both the subject matter and the method of the paintings contains the tensions of contradiction – the paintings are created in an madman’s spontaneous loss of control and at the same time the precise brushstrokes and compositions shows extreme control.

There is something violent and dangerous about Irmgard’s paintings – her still-life flower paintings is in the borderline of beauty, death and decay and fluctuates between the repulsive and the seductive, objects decaying into abstraction.

Irmgard’s source material is combining history and story; autobiographical reminisces are put alongside with present day commercials. Pieces of a Delacroix painting are transformed into turbulent layers and swirls in a contradicting combination of eloquence and clumsiness. She uses trash form her studio, organic waste, broken mechanical objects to create a hybrid iconography that is full of melancholy but also hope. Irmgard uses acrylic and ink and will often leave her work in big jugs or bathtubs – so that both the wooden frame and the canvas are soaked in paint-water. Up to the point where both the wood and the cloth is almost decomposing – she will experiment in just how worn and ugly can you make a piece and still save it – how much can you kill a painting and still bring it back to life.

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Ask the Angels, acrylic on canvas, 55 x 60 cm Die GefŠlschte Dompteur, acryl ic on canvas, 150 x 120 cm Flowers I, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 68 cm untitled, acrylic on canvas, 31 x 29 cm untitled, acrylic on canvas, 65 x 61 cm untitled, acrylic on canvas, 66 x 61 cm untitled, acrylic on canvas, 95 x 130 cm untitled, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 140 cm