ANNE LOUISE BLICHER (DK)
Anne Louise Blicher works with oil paintings and prints to create figurative and conceptual artworks exploring issues related to climate change.
Blicher challenges the tradition of picturesque landscape paintings where wilderness is represented as uncontaminated by human presence. In traditional landscapes, viewers are kept outside of the frame, as their function is to be contemplators of the sublime expressed by nature. Blicher critiques this view because when facing the climate crisis, there is no longer a distinction between human and non-human space.
She thus reflects on how to capture the sublime in a shifted environment. Blicher subverts the static postcard, idyll view of nature by representing it as sensed landscapes.
Anne Louise Blicher
In her depictions, nature is a complex ecology of dynamic parts that interact with their surroundings. This alternative representation of nature is informed by Blicher’s work on site where, through documentary studies, she records textural, topographic and tectonic qualities of natural settings.
Her artworks subvert the traditional landscapes by replacing vast horizons that evoke the sublime to close-up investigations. This shift is also enhanced by inverting the horizontal and vertical dimension of the canvas, which is typically associated with this specific genre. In her latest artworks, her site-specific studies unfold between abstraction and representation, as realistic natural elements are reassembled into patterns of fractals and reflections. In these series, she refers to cultures that use geometric forms to express sensory manifestation. Thus, geometry in her artworks embodies a sensory symbolism of site-specific scientific notations (temperatures, flavours, sounds, odours and tactility). This interest in a bodily experience of landscape led her to test sculptural objects casting organic forms and objects.
Blicher’s artworks span over other disciplines, such as graphic arts.
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