Miriam Vlaming – ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
Exhibition from 7 March - 30 May 2021
Miriam Vlaming is considered one of the most important representatives of the so-called New Leipzig School, whereby in her œuvre the figurative aspect and nature appear on an equal footing. Born in Düsseldorf, she studied at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts with Arno Rink, graduating with honors in 1999 and subsequently becoming his master student.
Miriam Vlaming's mysterious world of images moves in a symbiotic field of tension between man and nature. In doing so, the painter breaks down the boundaries between the past and reality in her large-format paintings, painted in egg tempera, and creates a harmonious coexistence of supposed opposites through shadowy overlays created by the application and removal of paint. "It's the ruptures and contradictions that interest me...the moment after or before something happened, ...not the grand history." Miriam Vlaming puzzles the viewer with her images, reminiscent of old photographs, whose motifs remain vague and elude clear interpretation. The multi-layered glazes suggest what cannot be grasped subjectively. Miriam Vlaming's paintings oscillate between figuration and abstraction, form and dissolution. Individual islands of color and ambiguous visual elements and pictorial content open up their own perspectives and possibilities of interpretation to the recipient of the paintings. The images elude a fixed reading and interpretation. Miriam Vlaming functions as a "visual anthropologist" (Susanne Altmann) who plays with many methaphors and creates a touching cosmos of images.
Her works are represented in important public collections and museums, including the Von der Heydt - Museum in Wuppertal, the Museum der Bildenden Künste in Leipzig, the ALTANA Kulturstiftung, the art collection of the Deutsche Bundesbank, Berlin or the corporate collection Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart.
In Miriam Vlaming's large-scale paintings in egg tempera, the painter breaks down the boundaries between man and nature as well as past and reality. She creates a harmonious symbiosis between these supposed opposites through hazy layers created by the application and removal of paint. In doing so, she allows the depicted figures to emerge from a natural, dreamlike environment. Through this aesthetic, Vlaming opens the viewer's eyes to the multifaceted aspects and philosophical questions of being human, which she addresses in her paintings. Miriam Vlaming always has the overall picture in mind in her mysterious pictorial worlds. She plays with ambiguous metaphors. “Disruptions and contradictions interest me ... the moment after or before something has happened...not the history." Her egg tempera paintings satisfy a deep human need for knowledge. The important member of the New Leipzig School studied at times with Neo Rauch. She was a master’s student under the direction of Arno Rink and is represented in numerous public and private collections.
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