Inspired by Japanese ink painting, Rebekka Steiger started experimenting with this new technique during her artist-in-residency in Beijing. Oscillating in the broadest sense between landscape and abstraction, the meeting of ink, tempera, and oil paints create new effects based on the materials’ various characteristics, leading to a fascinating blend of forms and colors.
"By lifting the canvas the more fluid parts connect to each other and let the pure ink colors merge. I adjust the outcome as long as the painting is still wet until I sense the overall rhythm of the paint provides a good starting point. After the canvas dried, a more slow and considerate process starts. Undertaking a close inspection of what has happened on the canvas, I work my way across it inch by inch. Trying to discover the most beautiful, if ever so small detail and emphasizing it, either by over-painting distractive parts or filling in the blanks to bring out even the finest traces of the dispersed paint. The challenge is not to loose track of the overall composition when being this focused on details."
— Rebekka Steiger
Painting is Rebekka Steigers' way of being as well as the cognitive tool she prefers to use to explore the micro and macro spheres. Her works therefore have their own flesh and bones; they breathe of their own and at the same time they are imbued with the vital breath infused by the genuine passion shown by the artist.Like the painting process, work titles and her artistic approach in general are very intuitive and associative.