Betty Rieckmann
Betty Rieckmann

In 2012 I completed my Diploma at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe. Towards the end of my studies I got interested in light and light art. In order to be able to deal more deeply with the subject of light I applied at the University of Applied Science and Art in Hildesheim where my main fokus was in Lighing Design. Here I was able not only to study the biological and physical effects of light, but also to deepen and expand my philosophical and artistic skills. In my Thesis I devoted myself to the perception of gloss, a phenomenon which extinguishes the materiality of its object and only appears in the real visual world. A new work was created that reinterprets the still life of the Light Era in the Netherlands. Dedicated to splendor, ideas and works of art still flourish today.


After my graduation in 2015, I worked as a cook for a few years, back in Karlsruhe, while doing art. In 2018, I swapped my part-time job and moved to an engineering office who manufacture their own LEDs and lighting systems. Here I was able to apply some of the lighting knowledge in marketing and in project work. I gained new insights into an industrial and commercial world, which I was able to make use of artistically.


In 2018 I supported Norbert Wasserfurth in a light workshop with a Lighting Design course at the HAWK Hildesheim Text excerpt: “Imagine you are working in the open air.” This idea explored the group initially with funds from design research. What is special about this examination is the addition of self-experience and greater consideration of the perceptual psychological and design aspects of the lighting effect.

Light and emotions is a subject that I still deal with today. What is that what we see / feel in the dream. Which landscape archetypes are there and which emotions are associated with them - how do they change through cultural imprinting?


In 2019 I was invited to give a lecture as a prelude to a light excursion on the subject of light and space in the class of Prof. Karlin Lindena at the Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe. Using my light work “a morphing Frank Stella”, various color compositions were analyzed and discussed.


My second interest is tied to science and research. From space exploration and the cold spot to neutrinos in the deep ice layers of the Antarctic, my gaze wanders further to genetic engineering and biotechnology. The fusion of art and science is my defining essence.


Currently I am concentrating on a new exhibition in Saarbrücken at the end of December. Here I am discussing mirror neurons, which are responsible for empathy. According to Darwin's theory, only the fittest and best adapted survive. The discovery of mirror neurons changes our view of the theory of evolution, because not only the strongest survive, but also those who can identify with others through imitation and empathy. We are not loners and mirror neurons prove that we were created to live in a community. These neurons have also been discovered in various animal species.

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