Filigree art with the chainsaw

Culture in Grevenbroich
Filigree art with the chainsaw

Stéphanie Hermès only uses wood as a material. Which is hard to believe given the sometimes very filigree works: the artist made all the pieces, including those with attention to detail, with a chainsaw.

“The Magic of In-between Space” is the name of Stephanie Hermes’ exhibition, which can be seen in the shipping hall of the Stadtparkinsel until May 15. It is a very personal exhibition in several parts.

Stéphanie Hermès comes from Schmallenberg. She lives and works in Korschenbroich-Neersbroich. She has no academic training, but is a trained make-up artist and has worked at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, among others. After a serious accident came the farewell to the masks. Looking back, Stephanie Hermes says, “I have worked with the highest quality gouges and carving knives for half my life. The transition to free art with a chainsaw must have been like a release for her.

The exclusive material is now wood. It suits him very well: “Many things have already been drawn in the wood, almost written in it. I make parts of it visible with a chainsaw by tracing or alienating them. Looks like it was put together from countless long, narrow pieces of wood. The reality, however, is that this exhibit was also hewn out of a log with a chainsaw. This large relief was painted with black acrylic paint.

The “magic of the space in between” is particularly noticeable in this group of works. Kaarst gallerist Brigitte Splettschläger spoke about it in her introductory speech: “With the sawn sections, the artist pushes the boundaries of what is feasible. The resulting empty spaces are conceptually equivalent to the solid positive parts, and they lead through the translucency, allowing light to enter the work as a pictorial element. In addition to stelae, the works in this group of works also exist as wall reliefs. .

Another group of works are the sculptures, reminiscent of corals, with their organic shapes and an infinite number of holes. The round-shaped objects and prints are the result of a confrontation with glaucoma, which the artist was diagnosed with and which in the worst case can lead to blindness. As a matter of principle, Stéphanie Hermès never gives a title to her works: “I like to leave all possible interpretations. When she takes the saw, she does not yet know what will happen to it, it happens.

The exhibition is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a finissage on May 15 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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