Focused on Creativity

Uwe Arendt

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Discovering people and observing their emotional landscape as it mirrors reflectively on their faces with never ending variation- marking their history and defining the human condition that is the mystery that I like to document in a new exploitative way.

My artistic goal is to replicate the experiences that we share as we discover people and document this experience in a visual way – making it an exploration rather than a documentation.

When approached from a distance my artwork creates a first impression based on simple and bold graphic elements- symbolizing the archetypal the mask, the iconic, the foundational basic emotional structures that we all share – the symbolic images that mankind has created to describe the human condition dating back to the early iconic painting of Christianity of the multi cultural mass carving styles from around the world all expressing a common connection. It is the principle layer within my art work.

On closer view i work on details the stabilizers the small nuances that make faces so expressive. The surface that is there to be observed- the grief- the joy- the horror- the humanity- the more than 200 facial expressions we have been imprinted at birth that we learn to interpret at a very early age.

The surface is the mystery known to all of us- what lies underneath is a journey or discovery.

By creating carefully orchestrated compositions I combine and extract multiple interpretations to create a complex impression. the compositions are stark and without denouements. I use a lot of white /negative space and reduce all expression to a minimum forcing the reader/viewer to complete the picture in their own mind based on their own present emotional landscape. The result is a multi layered interpretation not unlike the experience we all have as we get to realize people.

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