Beate Wassermann

Galerie Kammer

Beate Wassermann’s favorite story is the story of Icarus. It’s not his fall that impresses her so deeply but the monumental courage of having made the ascent at all. What she finds compelling is Icarus’ passionate desire to push his powers to the limit and his determination, despite his crippled wings, not to lose faith in a new beginning. Hence, the broken wing appears and reappears like a leitmotif throughout Wassermann’s works, as a simplified, abstract sign that represents the conquering of one’s own boundaries. For Wassermann, the power to attempt the impossible over and over again comes out of the fractures and injuries that result from every attempt. These fractures and injuries are easily read in her paintings. Hard, jagged forms cut into the gentle flow of colors; the smooth stroke of the brush is interrupted by the abrupt slice of the palette knife. Wassermann’s desire to overcome

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