For HOT MESS, Dorothee Diebold expands upon the boundaries of painting in a daydream. At first glance, Natural Attack looks like a pure sculpture. On the second you can see its two-dimensional character and the material: Acrylic on canvas. It’s backside, the permeated fabric is like the back of a traditional painting that is usually hidden. Although you can circle around Natural Attack, the sculpture has still remained a painting.
The figure seems to have jumped euphorically out of a fairytale forest and combines opposites that externalize the inner workings of the artist as in psychology called tolerance of ambiguity. It is painting and sculpture at the same time, abstract image and figure, raw and glamorous, expansion and boundary, transparent and covering, inner and outer, dancing and standing still. In this intermediate state, which Diebold creates, it gives the viewer the chance to allow his own imaginations or to endure the unresolved – an ability that we need especially in the current situation.
Dorothee Diebold, born in 1988, studied at the HFBK Hamburg, Bezalel Jerusalem and HFG Offenbach. Her last solo exhibitions were at Grezgorzki Shows Berlin, Haus am Lützowplatz Berlin, Kunsthal 44 Moen, Denmark and at Städtische Galerie Nordhorn. She took part in group shows among other at Frankfurter Kunstverein, Flamme, Paris, France, Berlin Masters and at Bundeskunsthalle Bonn. Last year her catalogue Biomorphic Painting was published by Wienand Verlag. During her studies she received a scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and this year she will have an artist residency at CCA Andratx Mallorca.
Acrylic, pigments on canvas and mixed media
151 x 80 x 49 cm