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Under water (1991)

I made these watercolours in the last year of my study at the academy of fine arts, Hamburg. I used all kinds of water-soluble colours (ink, gouache, water colour, coloured pencil), and developed a technique of painting on simple A4 typewriter paper, which I always dry pressed between sheets of blotting paper; on one hand to prevent it from curling, on the other to eliminate brush traces. I always painted on wet paper, and watered the paper many times during the painting process, in order to imitate the natural process of erosion. I wanted the images to look as if they had been emerged by nature herself; not by artistic intention. If the spectator takes time, the deeper layers of paint will slowly emerge, and the laborious painting procedure will be revealed to the eye.