Here, we ask an artist to frame the essential details behind one of their latest works.
Bio: Matthias Weischer, 50, Leipzig (@matthiasweischer)
Title of work: Shell (2023).
Where to see it: “Sequence” at GRIMM (54 White St, New York) until Dec. 9.
Three words to describe it: Red, blue, and yellow.
What was on your mind at the time: I wanted to create a light atmosphere with glowing colors. The material is egg tempera on canvas, which imparts a lighter feel. This one steps in a slightly different and newer direction than some of the others.
An interesting feature that’s not immediately noticeable: When I was finishing the painting, I realized the symbolism is quite strong. The playing card, the icon painting, and the shell are connected in the sense that they symbolize death in a playful way. The shell came last and was a natural extension of the symbology.
How it reflects your practice as a whole: Real and imaginary spaces meet. Some elements come from observation from my direct surroundings, the studio. Other elements come from history. I start painting without an aim and I surprise myself with the results.
One song that captures its essence: Eine aufs Maul (Live in Berlin) by Danger Dan.