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Acrylic and oil on canvas, 2014 Three-part: 80 x 100 / 120 x 100 / 40 x 100 cm This three-part, very precisely composed work is from Tanja Hehmann's series "Passages and Enclaves": "Tanja Hehmann sets spaces in her painting. Imaginary enclaves that have to assert and delimit themselves against diffuse surrounding space. They are not architectural dreams à la Piranesi's 'Carceri d'invenzione' with pillars, stairs and towers. And neither are there people in these cool places in the middle of nowhere as, for example, in the realistic interiors of a Vilhelm Hammershøi. Rather, the graphic elements invoke soul spaces, spatial utopias, Wunsch(t)räume , openly formulated to function better as places of longing or to leave the externalization of inner states ambiguous." Helene Roolf, M.A.
In her painting, Tanja Hehmann reflects on scientific questions, e.g. particle physics and the origin of the universe. Her anthropological and personal questions aim at the sensitive border areas, such as between waking and sleeping, intuitive and validatable knowledge, life and death. The Hamburg artist is convinced that there is still much that can be explored behind the reality that is visible to us. She links and connects the various thematic areas in her works experimentally and formally in different ways. She begins her work with pours of paint on lying canvases. This creates amorphous, free structures, islands of color and gradients, which, for example, make one think of clouds in the sky. In many of her works, the Hamburg artist additionally combines these open pictorial spaces with graphic, constructive settings, new pictorial worlds with a dwelling character: "Tanja Hehmann creates pictures in which color stands for itself on the one hand and opens up entire universes on the other. It is both pure matter and painted philosophy." (Anne Simone Krüger)
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