Kristina Girke raised in Germany. She worked in Berlin for almost 30 years and is currently living on Bowen Island close to Vancouver, Canada. In her art she is dealing with an artistic form of the “Palimpsest”. The term “Palimpsest” is used to describe a parchment, a manuscript or in the case of Girke a canvas that through scraping and washing imbues a new meaning.
Coming and going find a synergy. On large format canvases every layer is even more apparent. Selective removal of the surface, experienced and forgotten time periods are then carefully revealed. Here the artist takes on the methodology of an archaeologist. Thus events, occurrences from our collective memory reappear as metaphors in Kristina Girke’s work. These are metaphors for the passing time. The final layer of paint is a brilliant, color spectrum, that flows through the present. It is vibrant and in motion.
Video on Vimeo: KRISTINA GIRKE PAINTING, Duration: 9 min / © rotoso Berlin 2016
This video is more an artistic interpretation of the artist’s work than a pure documentation.
Girke is a genuine painter.
With her layering technique, she creates a very own metaphor for the passing of time on mostly large-format canvases.
The broken and scarred painting skin
… gives insight into deeper layers, reveals the past and injuries that came with it. At the same time, the defects are overlaid as if by a healing ointment.
Order and chaos – becoming and passing – find their balance. Girkes pictures are an ode to the imperfection of the human.