Clare-based contemporary artist Katja Wittmer presents her latest solo exhibition entitled
“If not now then when!”
New Mixed Media Works at the Scariff Library, Co. Clare, from the 14th of December2021 until the 8th of January 2022
In my paintings, I explore the complex facets of humankind, the highs and lows, light and shadows, beauty and distortion, love and hate. – Katja Wittmer 2021
The title of the exhibition “If not now then when!”highlights the importance of seizing the moment, of loving, laughing, crying and living in the here and now of this volatile life. Katja Wittmer is showing several works from her recent series ‘Lush’ which emphasizes the beauty and abundance of life.A life thatis transient, fleeting, and volatile— yet beautifully captivating. In her paintings, Katja Wittmer captures the moment and accentuates the fragility and volatility of our current environment and our emotions. In her most recent series ‘Elemental’, Katja Wittmer focuses on the different dynamics of the four elements water, earth, air and fire. She seeks out the primal rawness of the elements and embraces their beauty, intensity and contrast. This fusion of luscious abundance and elemental rawness needs to be embraced, experienced and enjoyed today, rather than being lost in time and distraction.“If not now then when!” challenges the viewer to connect with Katja Wittmer’s work and be in the moment.
Katja Wittmer’s technique incorporates dripping paint, thick textures and multi-layered colours, which challenge the boundaries of perception. She uses acrylics, sand, plaster and pastels to convey specific characteristics and aspects of the elements, creating unique works of abstract expressionism.
“If not now then when!” invites you to explore the urgency of the moment emphasizing how momentary life is.
Born in Germany, Katja Wittmerhas travelled the world extensivelybefore coming to Ireland in 2007. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide, including New York, Manila, Hong Kong, Vienna, Munich, Mumbai and Dublin.
Mo, Wed, Fri 10am-1.30pm and 2.30pm-5.30pm
Tue, Thu 10am-1.30pm and 2.30pm-8pm