Christa Schmid-Ehrlinger

“The material finds the idea, the idea finds the material.”

OT 1 - Tissue paper, acrylic, paper wool on wooden plate 54,5 x 54,5 cm

German artist,  Christa Schmid-Ehrlinger was born in Backnang in 1948 and studied at Tübingen, Aix en Provence and Munich. She received her training in Fine Arts from Prof. Hans Schlegel (Stuttgart) and has been working as a freelance artist since 1996. Major academic impetus also came from Prof. Rolf Thiele (formerly at the Hochschule der Künste Bremen, today at the Académie Galan, France).

"'Searching' is a central concept of artistic expression for me. The main focus of my work lies in the search for interconnectedness and combination of lines and shapes with themselves and each other. This allows me to symbolically explore connections in life and in every sense. I create my paintings in a process of searching movements, playing with fixed signs, traces, "constructed" randomness and striving for form. My work, my paintings deal with methods of handiwork, with processes of repetition and are based on gestural movements of interplays between space, surface, shape, and color. The gestural signs or traces, the short lines or curves, the overflowing variety of shapes and colors attract the observer to look in a limitless way within the area of the canvas like the never-ending way in life between the absolute borders of birth and death."

Auf Rot Nr.12, 2016-18 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 120 cm
Auf Blau Nr.1, 2018 - Acrylic on canvas 120 x 100 cm
OT III - 2016 Acrylic on canvas 100 x 120 cm
Üppig, 2005-6 - Acrylic on canvas 170 x 170 cm

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