The Artist is continuously searching for fluidity and dynamics in water, seeking “naturally perfect” compositions of organically emergent shapes, spaces, sequences, patterns and rhythms. Their discovery is akin to finding treasures, naturally made works of art that are just waiting to be made manifest. These elements are used to create art that is, in the end, still produced by nature.
The Artist uses the found images in the water by using the natural depth of the structures to turn them into more three dimensional objects. This is accomplished by excising structures in such a way that the uniqueness of that particular scene really comes to life.
“When you follow with the cut the organic flow of the water structure, the picture is no longer still. It is back in motion. And the fluidity, the softness, the energy, the play of colours and shapes come to life. To me it is just a logical consequence in the process of developing that image. When I want to intensify the essence of that structure at that one moment in time I can’t just cut the movement off. It would be as if I cut off time. I want to see a reflection of the warm sunlight of that day in the observer’s face. I want him to feel the vibrations, the fluidity and the motion of the water.”
Sometimes the structures still need to be cut horizontally and/or vertically to balance out the movement and, for example, not to let the image “fall over”. In the case of a series of pictures, this method allows the images to have a balanced connection.
“Sometimes it is just wonderful to create a composition that leaves it open to the individual observer to interpret the image. I just love it if people can’t turn their eyes away from the image because they get really curious and become excited. It just fulfils me with a deep joy if I can make others look at water, structures or pictures in a new way. “
Some of these compositions might even be cut into physical objects, as with Perseus and Andromeda. And the element water has suddenly come to life – intense and mighty, solid and powerful, graceful and strong, tender and light – in a completely new way.
Some of the water images seem to be frozen in time like the two pictures of “liquid fabric”. Here Andrea Kohlhaussen captured this “accidentally” incredibly beautiful composition of perfect diffusion of water drops of all sizes in combination with folded plastic foil. The different layers of the transparent foil and the hundreds of tiny, naturally formed water drops of all sizes form together a new kind of material – like a delicate, silver-white fabric, a perfect natural design. Moments in time, such as the blooming of a cherry tree, are captured as instants when the blossoms vibrate in the soft, warm spring air; this vibration is transferred throughout the picture, through the air – infinitely.
Though the focus of this exhibition is on water, Andrea Kohlhaussen is on a continuous search for structures, colours and shapes – be they of natural perfection or man-made.