Zwischen den Welten – Elke Daemmrich

Zwischen den Welten - Elke Daemmrich

Since leaving for France in 1994, artist Elke Daemmrich from Dresden, Germany has been inspired above all by the Mediterranean landscapes with their colourful and at the same time filigree dialogue, with the maritime flora and fauna, as well as the cultural ‚atmospheres‘. The Mediterranean flair is juxtaposed with her Saxon homeland with its Elbe meadows and cool, temperate climate zone – both habitats are reflected in her art in a special way.

In her current exhibition „Between the Worlds“ at the Galerie am Domhof in Zwickau from 08.05. to 10.07.2022, the artist shows the entire breadth of her artistic formal language, also inspired by scholarship stays in Virginia and Ohio (USA), among others, at the Künstlerbahnhof Ebernburg (Palatinate), but also at the Richard Wagner Sites Graupa, where she realised a multifaceted graphic work on Richard Wagner in 2018 and 2019. Her masterful etchings, printed at the Grafikwerkstatt Dresden, evoke a variety of associations ranging from the musical oeuvre to the master’s human relationships.

The works shown, which have been created over the past 30 years, are inspired by the strict reference to nature and the relativisation of human action and will. It is precisely in this dynamic „between worlds“ that her unmistakable artistic signature unfolds.

In this sense, the exposition is more than revealing for the understanding of the work. The early works from the artist’s concrete-abstract phase also speak for this. What here outshines the exhibition hall in terms of space, perspective, illusion and suggestion can certainly be seen as a technical-intellectual preliminary stage of what follows, but also as an independent element of her skill. (Right after 1989, Elke Daemmrich visited Max Bill in Switzerland at the age of 25). Last but not least, it was these concrete works that won the artist a grant from the Stiftung Kulturfonds Berlin in 1993 for her project „The Light of the South“, which enabled her to spend her first working period in the Vaucluse, in the south of France.

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