Janaina Tschäpe’s work functions at a variety of scales, expanding and contracting the viewer’s point of reference from micro, sub-atomic particles to the cosmic and metaphysical scale of the classic Romantic landscape. These are thick, enveloping formal gardens of entire ecosystems – where life blossoms and flourishes, only to decay and die (or perhaps breathe new life). There is an acute, iridescent use of light – articulated by an unconventional palette suggesting South American flora and fauna – compounded by the mat surfaces of dry media on paper. Intrinsicaly related to her pictorial work, her videos and photographs transport us to her universe evolving through viscera, seewead and stars. Time eerily stands still, even as we contemplate forms which seem to grow and catch us in its thickets.
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