Rust Paintings

I grew up in Germany's Ruhr Valley - the valley of coal and steel - an industrial landscape bordered by the river Ruhr.  The winding towers of the local coal mines and the industrial buildings of the steel mills informed my esthetic sensibilities and left a lasting impression. Rust reminds me of home, it comforts me. I appreciate its color, its changing texture. It reminds me that time paints a patina that softens and obscures, and changes everything.

In this series of mixed media paintings, I explore familiar symbols and structures - the interplay of space and form. The rusted metal, the simple geometries reach back into my technical, industrial past. The rust and its surface texture enriches the minimalist geometric shapes. The composition creates a balance between the stark geometric structures and the unpredictable patterns of oxidized metal.

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