A solo exhibition by Frederike von Cranach from May 25th to June 10th, 2016. “Reflection – noitkelfeR” is Frederike von Cranach’s first solo exhibition at the French Art Studio. This exhibition will feature works on paper as well as on canvas and sculptures.
Cranach’s main sources for her work are Egagropili, straw-like and furry natural objects found in the Mediterranean sea. The Egagropili are the foliage produced from a plant called Posidonia Oceania, an important part of the ecosystem in the sea. It provides a rhizomatic and stable seabed that regulates water current, is a source of oxygen and is one of the oldest living organisms. Their final form and shape occur through natures forces. She finds inspiration and power from these balls of fibrous material that wash up on the shores. In her sculptures Cranach stacks the stunning round objects and forms them into tall cubic structures by wrapping them with fine thread so that they appear to be otherworldly, science fiction monuments – a personal reflection and her perspective of these objects. In her two-dimensional work she further incorporates tiny people that don’t stand in proportion to anything – a reflection of the circle of life she see’s in these objects. Everything seems to be floating in her work, there are no rules related to “real” size. She plays with these proportions and leaves it to the viewer to reflect what they might see in her drawings.
Cranach poetically embraces the potential of these organisms. Meditations on Egagropili pervade every surface, connections are made with thin lines and small gestures. The minimal monochrome and abstract ink drawings, collages and mixed media works create an environment from another universe, not the sea, not the earth, somewhere beyond, somewhere within. They are her personal reflection to these natural objects and processing life.