Kim Bartelt

Work on paper

Biography and career

Kim Bartelt

Kim Bartelt's latest series consists of small works on paper as well as big to middle formats on canvas. With these new works Kim Bartelt remained true to her minimalistic approach. Tightly connected to her last big work cycle ‘Wide Nights’ these images continue to work with layers and with the distinction between that which is near, and that which is distant, between that which lies upon and that which lies underneath, between fragmentation and completeness. From tissue papers which the artist collected over 2 decades she creates mostly rectangular shapes which are moved and positioned on the canvas until the perfect placement is found. The forms create a dialogue with each other and with the canvas itself. Her works are defined through a harmonious transcendent lightness, which lets you discover the depth, the torn and the non perfect only when you are close enough. She plays with illusion and actuality in a poetic way. When placing the papers on the surface they receive dents, cuts and signs of usage. Like wrinkles on delicate skin. Through the chosen materials another layer is being added to her works. Acrylic paint covers up, it hides what is underneath; the tissue papers are transparent, they show what is beneath them. They reveal more than they hide. Kim Bartelt’s collected papers are metaphors for the manifoldness of life.