My work can be seen as a collage which is fueled by memory, by colors and shapes of 

imagination and elements of inspiration that trigger this deeply felt urge to be painted.

 

Rather than just reproducing something that can be seen in real life, I like to improvise,

mess things up, leave sections rough and unperfected  and combine various features like abstract sections, blurred portraits and hands and reduced, almost naive symbols and patterns. To me, the whole process of painting is like playing - it's a place of ultimate freedom. As I combine contradictory elements and clashing colors I am always searching

for a certain balance within the piece. My practice doesn’t involve sketches - I start from scratch and go by trial and error which is both: a struggle but also a great source of joy as it leaves room for the accidental. The best paintings to me are always the ones I get totally lost in and I can barely tell how I painted them or why - the whole journey is almost like a spiritual experience.

When it comes to explaining my art and getting to the meaning of my paintings, I wish to be just as unbiased as someone who sees my work for the first time. My approach isn't

conceptional. To me, creating is just another form of thinking. I reflect about life a lot when working on a painting -  about things I wish to understand, such as purpose, meaning, time, timing and anything that is related to me as a human being.

Time in particular is something that interest as me as a subject as it is abstract and intangible

and therefore tricky to paint. I like my paintings to generate a feeling of calmness. 

I want them to be quiet, in some way silent and like a frozen moment. I like the idea that the viewer connects with my vision through the painting. In the end, looking at art should be deeply emotional and in the best case should be understood without any further explanation .

© 2020 Johanna Bath 

Brückenstraße 5  //  59065 Hamm

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