Campagna I (2016) Fine Art Print on wrapped canvase with digital filters and epoxy; Measures: 120 cm x 140 cm

 

 

Campagna III (2016) Fine Art Print on wrapped canvase with digital filters and epoxy; Measures: 120 cm x 140 cm

Campagna is a series of three (her are shown two)  Fine Art Prints on wrapped canvases with digital filters and epoxy

Campagna is a ongoing series which consists three works (images on canvas) until now. It is part of my series Coverings (since 2010/11), where i used epoxy as an additional layer on fine art prints. The images of Campagna are based on catalogue prints of paintings from the Romantic Period – here Campagna Landscape (1852) from Arnold Böcklin (1827 – 1901), a painter from Switzerland. This painting touched me, because it is very simple: just some bushes, air, green, the sun – the transmission of a feeling of naturalistic authenticity, a unspoiled nature. I started some intenventions in commenting this wonderful painting: First i decided to “use” a print of an old reprint turning yellow b/w- catalogue. Second I intervented with a digital filter into the scan – i wiped some pixels without adding new colors, but as a result it added a unsharp foreground object to the image. And last covered parts of the image by pouring green and silver epoxy onto the canvas. For me these interventions into the original image are at least three different layers of artificiality. This is comparable of that what we almost recognize with the cultural over-accentuation of nature today: In accordance of  the Anthropocene nature seems to be a product of artificialities. On a meta level Campagna can also be seen as commentary on painting as a genre.