I came from space, 2020 - 2021
With the solo exhibition “I came from space”, light artist Betty Rieckmann presents a series of new sculptural and installation works from recent months. Buoyed by the pandemic’s ubiquitous backdrop of pressure, the artist takes on questions of selffindung, identity and personal location in the world and nature. The works ex- plore these through a shift in reference between space and viewer, distortions and rutting seem out, gleaming seek their counterparts in rotating sculptural skins. Perceptions of natural structures mix with technoid surfaces, via material processing and merging Rieckmann creates bodies of existentialist color.
The work "triangular relationship" consists of several mirrored light columns with a triangular base. Its surface is printed with a tree bark motif, which is partially broken through by light that radiates diffusely from the interior of the pillars. The crack-like light silhouettes are based on photographs of crumpled aluminum foil on which light is reflected. It was precisely these glossy illuminated areas of the photos that were cut out like a silhouette on the mirror surface in order to model the surface texture of the columns using artificial light: the negative form of the original photograph of shimmering aluminum foil texture is now optically combined with the motif of tree bark through the medium of light.
With the look in the mirror, “Mirror”, the viewer looks at himself through a filter. Its reflection is distorted and deformed by the structure of the bark. He perceives himself as human bark. The work focuses on the fragile relationship between man and nature. The gaze is reinterpreted and the narcissist is barely recognizable. Nature overlays and plays with the ego and at the same time tries to win over the viewer's empathy.
The last work "Meteorite" shows the formation of the building blocks for life on earth. In carbonaceous meteorites, many basic structures of the hereditary molecules DNA and RNA are found. These building blocks are represented with light radiating from the meteorite, which is represented by imprinted glass. The moving meteorite fills the space with illuminated structures and shadows. As in the primordial soup of the universe, you see the initial building blocks of life on earth.