As a sequel to her drawings, Petra Beeking, who was born in East Germany in 1965, also deals with the human figure in her medium-sized acrylic paintings.
She receives the inspiration for her colorful works from black and white photographs she “rescues” from flea markets and shoeboxes. Individual figures, and sometimes entire scenes, are removed and then merged with images from her own recollections.
In increasingly non-defined and pure painterly spaces, the figure takes on a presence that is difficult to ascertain. The images are transported by a quietness, which tilts back and forth between what is familiar and what is unknown. The “ideal world” ambience transforms into a threatening situation. The figures and heads appear to be unfinished, and scenes appear to be fragmentary. This illustrates what the artist is searching for: a human dimension behind the stories.
Feb 7, 2015