Life series

Town Life - Individual Life - Group Life - Mind Life - Sequence Life - Dancing Life - Night Life - Wander Life - Society Life - Ice Life - Swarm Life - Joyful Life - Surmounting Life - Freedom Life - Path Life

Town Life

 

The oil painting "Stadtleben" represents the beginning of the art series "-leben". In the spirit of Friedrich Nietzsche, the aspect of perspective is shown as the "basic condition of all life" (JGB, KSA 5, p. 12). Because life encompasses a whole. But man himself has no access to it. The living person is always bound to its own perspective and view of the world, which has a certain order of its own. 

 

The art series "-leben" plays with these aspects. What's more, it tries to visualize life graphically in its versatile perspectives. For the viewer, this primarily means chaos - a supposedly chaotic combination of different points of view that emerge from black or rather nothingness. 

 

Each particle, each geometric form stands on its own, but approaches the other forms and thus establishes a necessary connection. In the end, the work becomes a panorama of a city, a combination of houses, people, stairs with their own order: an order of perspectives.

 

Stadtleben - Town life, 2018

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, with framed

31 1/2 × 39 2/5 × 1 3/5 in

82 × 102 × 5 cm

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Individual Life

 

The acrylic painting "Single Life" represents the counterpart, respectively the opponent to the work "Group Life". In contrast to life in a group in „Gruppenleben“, the personal path of the individual is visually clarified with its highs and lows.

 

The large round, graphically multi-layered figure in the centre of the painting stands on this waved path. Its life path suggests stability in its straightforwardness; the loops within the line, on the other hand, suggest instability: success as well as loss, joy and pain. And repeatedly there are pits within this path that could let fall the individual. Either they let the individual fall into nothingness or they simply represent a new beginning. 

 

Under this path this person sees architectural walls, a city with further life and other ways of life. He is certainly aware of them, can be afraid of them, stand above or even fuse with them.

 

Einzelleben - Individual life, 2019

Acrylic on canvas, black framed

20 1/2 × 16 1/2 × 1 3/10 in

52 × 42 × 3.2 cm

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Group Life

 

In contrast to the painting "Individual Life", the acrylic painting "Group Life" lets the fusion of individuals into groups come to the fore. People in their round and thus flowing forms come into contact, exchange ideas, create something new together or repel each other like elementary particles. The aspect of rounding represents precisely this flow of change.

 

Likewise, groups stand in the tension between demarcation and opening, which allows them to become their environment. This is exactly what the angular shapes around the people stand for. The edged forms do not allow flowing exchange or constructive dialogue outside the group. They rub each other up the wrong way.

 

Gruppenleben - Group life, 2019

Acrylic on canvas, black framed

20 1/2 × 16 1/2 × 1 3/10 in

52 × 42 × 3.2 cm

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Mind Life

 

The work "Kopfleben", painted in acrylic, from the series "-leben" places the intellectual work of man, visually represented by the abstract heads, in the foreground. 

 

The Life Series deals with the principle of multidimensional perspectives. According to Nietzsche, perspective is the "basic condition of all life" (JGB, KSA 5, p. 12). Life encompasses a whole, to which man himself, however, has no access. The living person is always bound to their own perspective and view of the world, which has a certain order of its own. The other perspectives appear strange. 

 

In its collision and touching of heads, the work thematizes the constantly modified exchange. But the graphic black also shows its insurmountable remaining demarcation from each other.

 

Kopfleben - Mind life, 2019

Acrylic on cotton, white framed

16 1/10 × 12 1/2 × 1 1/5 in

40.8 × 31.8 × 3 cm

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Sequence Life

 

As the title already shows, the artwork "Reihenleben" deals with waiting, following and reaching. In this process the human being is still surrounded by influences, possibilities and new perspectives. The safety of the sequence or queue and the achievement of its goal gives the person patience in waiting. If, however, he strives for freedom, he leaves the line and plunges into an initial "chaos". 

 

The Life Series deals with the principle of multidimensional perspectives. According to Nietzsche, perspective is the "basic condition of all life" (JGB, KSA 5, p. 12). Because life encompasses a whole. But man himself has no access to it. The living person is always bound to its own perspective and view of the world, which has a certain order of its own.

 

Reihenleben - Sequence life, 2019

Acrylic on cotton

20 2/5 × 9 4/5 × 1 1/5 in

51.8 × 24.8 × 3 cm

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Dancing Life

 

Tanzleben - Dancing Life, 2019

Acrylic on canvas

39 2/5 × 19 7/10 × 1 1/2 in

100 × 50 × 3.8 cm

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Still Life

 

The graphic acrylic painting "Still Life" combines the tradition of the classical still life with our modern present. The large bouquet of flowers as an immobile composition appears before the viewer in bright green tones. As aesthetically immovable as the flowers are in the painting, they are transient in their form of existence. In the symbolic sense of vanitas they stand for transience. The flowers have a certain lifetime at their disposal. The climax of their beauty is captured in the still life. The same aspect applies to the lower half of the painting. On the table are two objects typical of everyday life for the contemporary observer: on the right lies a smartphone, on the left a tablet. On their surface is the mirror image of flowers, which in the art history of still life stands for immortalization and identical reproduction of reality. At first glance, the technical objects as inanimate things appear to have nothing to do with the idea of vanity. But just like withering flowers, they reach a man-made expiration date. With the progress of technology and digitalisation, they too will be replaced by new objects in the future.

 

 

 

 

Still-leben - Still Life, 2019

Acrylic on canvas, white framed

102x82x5 cm

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Night Life

 

Nachtleben - Night Life, 2019

Acrylic on canvas

80x120x3,8 cm

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Wander Life

 

Wanderleben - Wander Life, 2019

Acrylic on canvas, white framed

47 1/5 × 39 2/5 × 1 1/5 in

122 × 102 × 3,2 cm

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Society Life

 

Gesellschaftsleben- Society Life, 2019

Acrylic on canvas, white framed

40 1/5 × 40 1/5 × 2 in

102 × 102 × 5 cm

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Ice Life

 

Eisleben - Ice Life, 2019

Acrylic on canvas, white framed

20 1/2 × 20 1/2 × 2 in

52 × 52 × 5 cm

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Schwarm Life

 

Schwarmleben - Swarm Life, 2019

Acrylic on canvas, white framed

31 1/2 × 31 1/2 × 1 1/2 in

82 × 82 × 5 cm

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Joyful Life

 

Freudenleben - Joyful life, 2019

Acrylic on cotton, white framed

10 1/5 × 7 4/5 × 1 1/5 in

25.8 × 19.8 × 3 cm

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Surmounting Life

 

Surmounting or overcoming can accompany people every day in their work, commitments, relationships and learning. In this sense, overcoming belongs to everything that is not easy for a person or where a fear of failure arises. Finally, overcoming can also be understood quite banally as wrestling with laziness. It is an active struggle against oneself in order to rise above oneself. This life process is represented in the acrylic painting "Surmounting Life" in the form of a staircase leading into the jungle-like fields and mountains of nature. The atmosphere of the jungle allegorically stands for the novelty, which is to be characterized between frightening confusion and daring curiosity. The counterpart to the stairs is represented by the river flowing down. It describes the process of passive visual rubbing over time.

Each step of the staircase represents a further individual step of overcoming. The size of each step is different, and each task to be overcome is varyingly easier or more difficult.  However, these stairs do not represent a straight line, but a winding path with branches, pauses and interruptions. Man often changes his direction, descends and then ascends again, and still reaches his own purifying but never permanent goal. In the centre and the upper half of the painting these interruptions become clear. When the person reaches the topmost peaks, a greater humankind sculpture appears to them as the achievement of the goal. For each person, this process stands for something different: the cognitive enlightenment as in the Buddhist teachings, the overcoming of evil as in the Bible, the transformation of the spirit into camel, lion and child as a new beginning according to Nietzsche, the overcoming of his former self...finally, each person has his very own path of overcoming, which each human being goes through for himself.

 

Überwindungsleben - Surmounting Life, 2020

Acrylic on canvas

180 x 120 x 4 cm

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Freedom Life

 

Since the French Revolution at the latest, "freedom" has been a central, broadly defined concept that continues to be highly relevant to the history of ideas, contemporary politics and the individual. The painting "Freedom Life" depicts in particular the inner freedom of the individual as a state of autonomy (freedom of will) and sovereignty (control over oneself). It is about the human being who decides with his own will, free from a guilty conscience and externally determined values - freedom from himself, from others and thus a power over himself and his actions. But decision also always means a choice against something else and thus implies responsibility and determination in his judgements and actions. The work "Freiheitsleben" illustrates the volatile and repetitive processes of freedom between secure order and chaos. In the upper half of the painting on the right, uniform buildings extend along a flat path into the centre of the painting. This place is about security, uniformity and controllability. In the middle of the painting is a person who is about to make a leap to a decision of his own accord. And this means taking a risk away from the perception of others. His gaze leads into a fragmented chaotic something, consequently a new kind of unpredictable field to be explored. The colourful people in the lower half on the left live in that constantly fight for freedom, which leads them into a realm of inner and outer roller coasters of life.

It's all about self-affirmation, which arises out of itself and knows how to resist the need for foreign affirmation and appreciation. Thus the human being is in the tightrope walk between loneliness and closeness.  The connection occurs if the freedom of the other is also accepted. 

 

Freiheitsleben - Freedom Life, 2020

Acrylic on canvas, white framed

82 x 122 x 5 cm

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Path Life

 

The path as a way of life is one of the most central features in Veronika Spleiss’ work. In the painting "Wegleben" the path gets explicitly. Ascending, descending, branching and disappearing, the paths throughout the work appear before the viewer. And yet they appear flat and even. They are man-made roads, which pictorially represent the will of the walkers to create controlled and rapid evenness in their lives. And yet the paths disappear into tunnels and buildings, as can be seen in the centre of the work. They remain invisible and uncertain. The predictability of a life's path always reaches its limits. And so, calculability also comes before the uncertainty of external influence. The buildings and constructions surrounding the path stand for these unforeseeable influences. Although the paths appear clear, their surroundings are confusing. There is also no railing that would save people from falling. The walker creates protection for himself through attentiveness and responsible autonomy. He stands up for his decisions and continues on his way without being distracted and without fear of the unpredictable.

 

Wegleben - Path Life, 2019/2020

Acrylic on canvas, white framed

82 x 122 x 5 cm

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