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 subverts the traditional picturesque representation of landscapes where human presence is removed from the frame. Her artworks critique how in the face of climate crisis there is no longer a distinction between human and non-human space. In this series of oil paintings, she uses airy brushstrokes to create compositions that echo traditional Dutch still-life as characterized by strong chiaroscuro.
She does so by challenging the picturesque tradition of landscape paintings where wilderness is represented uncontaminated by human presence. In traditional landscapes, viewers are kept outside of the frame as their function is that of contemplators of the sublime expressed by nature. Blicher critiques this view as in the face of 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 view of nature by representing sensed landscapes which render nature as 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 dimensions of the canvas which is usually 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, flavors, 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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