Betty Rieckmann
Betty Rieckmann

embodiment of brilliance, 2021


There are people with bright minds and people with brilliant minds. The first light up their surroundings, the second darken them.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach.


My first Embodiment of Brilliance work explores the glare reflection of light in the so called "Dutch Golden Age". I reinterpreted the still lives of the Netherlands and represented the brilliance with light and not the color white. Brilliance or sheen extinguishes the materialist of its bearer and is a local glare. From this I would like to go a step further this year and create studies and works on immaterial sculpture that only consist of brilliance. Sculptures and Virtuel Realtiy installations that literally dissolve the shape of the object. At the same time, I would like to expand my thesis on gloss perception into a new document and publish it. In the book I not only want to write about the so called "Dutch Golden Age"  and the brilliance, but also integrate current socio-critical reflections.


The perception of brilliance is seeing of light, seeing nothing. (Das Sehen von Glanz ist das Sehen von Licht, von Nichts)

Betty Rieckmann

Fusion, 2019


This work shows a fusion of brilliance from different rooms. The most shiney spots on my work in my studio are cut out from a certain perspective. The holes are covered from the backside with an opaque translucent film and it is balcklite of them it is backlit. This now immitates the cut out brilliance. The work was then presented in an exhibition. The shiny surface of the work creates additional real shiny spots. At the same time, the work shows the extinction of the material of gloss and changes non-stop with every presentation. the work litteraly is on the edge of dissolving.

backside of brilliance, 2019


In connection with the first presentation, "embodiment of brilliance" 2014, where the front was shown, I no longer want to glorify the shine, but rather to show that it dazzles and darkens its surroundings. A brillinace acts like a local glare and extinguishes the material of its wearer. It is impossible to draw conclusions about the carrier of the gloss based on the glossy areas. Various information gets lost in the transition. The shine stands alone.


embodiment of brilliance, 2014


Embodiment of Brilliance is a work in which I explore the gloss reflection of light in the so called "Dutch Golden Age". What is light and what do we really see? This era led to a different understanding of the world. Here I show the hard shine in its purest form, as light and not in the color white. The photo of crumpled aluminum foil is printed on the front and light is only emitted from the cut out brilliance.This way the sheen is shown in its true nature, as light which is always brighter than the color white.

I came from space, it was cold, 2020 - 2021


The installation addresses the fragile relationship between people, nature and the environment. The viewer is reflected in fragments on the moving columns, broken by light reflections and the tree bark motifs. He finds himself in a kind of space between the rooms, which makes him part of the installation for a brief moment. Since this space is practically endlessly distorted by the overlapping reflections and its image alienated, the environment can be perceived anew and one's own relationship to nature questioned.

Dreiecksbeziehung, 2021


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.

mirror, 2021


I came from space, it was cold


in between is void


expanding, endless darkness


No air for me to breath


What is home


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.

Das Licht, das Nichts und ich, 2019


This installation tells the stroy of self finding by changing your perspective. As a light artist, I not only play with the light that makes objects appear but also with the matter that makes the light visible. The materless and the matter need each other. Combined with curiosity for scientific phenomena, the entire situation is redesigned through minimal interventions. The works allow the viewer to penetrate a space between the romms and reexamine the view of his sourroundings, the world and finally himself. It`s about the journey to oneself. The light becomes a communication supplier and a bridge to the subconscious. The light works are thus double reflections: of material and the thoughts. On the border to immateriality, not only the light is shaped, but rather our feeling, the essence of dreams.

the earth upside down, 2019


The title of the work "the earth upside down" explains the feeling of disorientation, excessive demands and chaos. The gentle light painting shines in a light gradient from white to cyan to blue, which then fades. Seen from space there is no up or down. By changing perspectives, the viewer detaches you from the earth and chaos and disorientation is replaced by a cool inner calm.



the pulse of the universe(s), 2019


“Pulse of the universe (s)” addresses the existence of multiverses. The matt black boxes represent universes that are perforated by red and blue light. These two light colors are in full contrast to each other, which affects the refraction of light in the eye. Blue light appears further in the distance and red light appears further in the foreground. In addition, the ongoing expansion of the universe is measured with the help of the red light shift. Thus, these two colors stand for the expansion and contraction of the universe, which is repeated infinitely. The pulse of the universe. At the same time, the colors and the 4 chambers are reminiscent of our heart, which is also responsible for our pulse.

into the void, 2019


The sculpture "into the void" consists of different large clear acrylic glass deformations that are stacked on top of each other and covered with flame soot pigments. In some places the clear acrylic glass shimmers through. The work seems to move through the arrangement of the acrylic layers and the glittering of the bare parts of the acrylic glass. Here galaxies are swallowed up by a black hole. Only in some places the light tries to escape. The journey into the void, the unknown.



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