BORN: Kierspe, Germany - 1958
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in 1958 in Kierspe, Germany, Karin Voelker studied art at the College of Fine Art in Berlin and has pursued her passion for painting as a professional artist living and working in Berlin.
Karin Voelker’s creative works reflect a pleasure in powerful dance-like movement. Her focus is on naked and dancing figures full of energy and tension. The observer experiences how movement is sensuously felt and recreated as an intimate moment of a fleeting impression.
The focal point of her pictures is the language of the body. The artist varies her technique by using rags in addition to pens, fine-tipped brushes and wide brushes. This means that, along with contours that delineate or insinuate forms, we also see forms which, through the interplay of light and dark areas, leave fold-like structures on the canvas that seem to create their own pictorial space. This, in conjunction with elements of spraying techniques as an aleatory mode of expression, as well as the bleeding together of colors on the canvas, gives each picture a more varied language of forms than those found in previous works. Since the perspective aspect of spatiality is increasingly reduced and the language of forms tends more and more toward the two-dimensional plane, to some extent the impression of a collage like composition of pictorial elements is created. In all of these pictures the ratio of quiet elements to restless elements has shifted in favor of the moving ones. It is the phenomenological stream of thoughts of which consciousness is composed – that is, the continual movement of thoughts that have externalized themselves and cover and register the body in a way that makes the silence seem suspended. And yet, it is preserved.
Another consistent feature of the artist’s representations is a touch of sensuality. This drive-theory-related aspect, actually a prerequisite of good art, permeates the pictures in the form of a specific artistic sensitivity, for which Freud once invented the concept of sublimation.
In her mixed media works on paper, the artist becomes lyrical. Here moods are released, but in a way that is different from that of impressionism or expressionism. The female bodies, partially abstracted, merge in a different way with matter. In a manner unique to the artist, they become transparent, and one with a nature that is in the process of losing its spatiality. Pictures of a – we might say – meditative feeling.
Karin Voelker no longer works with a model. Her imagination defines the setting for the canvas. In her works on paper, she has developed her own particular technique. The sketch-like experimental mixed technique is frequently based on luminescent stain worked over with sweeping virtuoso pen-and-ink drawings, which in turn are overlapped by coats of oil color. Watercolor like glazing and pasty coats alternate; they are wiped furiously, dabbed, destroyed and rediscovered.
1958 Born in Kierspe, Germany
1978-1984 Studies at College of Fine Art, Berlin, Germany
From 1985 Works as designer and free-lance artist in Berlin
Since 1998 Independent artist in Berlin, Germany
2001 Focused on art studies in Umbria, Italy
What is most important to me is to feel that I am working freely. The courage to destroy is part of it. I try to see each moment of the creative process without preconceived notions. I am ready to see my work in a new light and I am open to surprises.
1994 Bellevue Gallery, Berlin, Germany
1995 Spectrum Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
1997 Spectrum Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
1998 Art-Sud Gallery, Toulouse, France
1999 Zandi Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2000 Sophien Edition Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2001 Ednubalk Gallery, Aachen, Germany
2002 Sophien Edition Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Artfair Kunstmarkt Dresden
Hart Gallery, California (G.E.)
Kunsthaus Hohmann, Walsrode (S.E.)
2003 Turmgalerie, Helmstedt (S.E.)
Salle Roger Corbeau, Haguenau,France (S.E.)
Hart Gallery, Chicago (S.E.)
2004 Hart Gallery, Carmel,California (S.E.)
Hart Gallery, Palm Desert, California (S.E.)
2005 Galerie Art gluchowe, Glauchau (S.E.)
Galerie Sophien-Edition, Berlin (S.E.)
2006 Hart Gallery, Palm Desert,California (S.E)
Galerie Hyna, Rottach-Egern (G.E)