Ruud Starke

     Ruud Starke 

     Ruud Starke

My work represents the journey through daily life, displayed in a travelogue with notes, which is, at the same time, a landscape and my selfportrait as well. 

Nature and the way we deal with it is a main theme in my work: how we deal with natural processes and try to control and cultivate our daily life. To bend nature into culture.

Everything has to be classified, categorized, menageable and to be controlled/checked. We cultivate natural processes, turn fluid into a solid,stiff and unbreakable material and ideas with no space to grow outside  lines and develop and explore new ways.

I ask myself how I relate to all this. I try to explore myself, nature and culture. I see it as a journey and I make notes, comments and imaginary maps as a sort of travelogue with structures and patterns, all together forming a  landscape.

The watercolor paintings I made in the serie " Natura" are inspired by natural forms and colors I came across at the beach and dunes, in the woods, parks and gardens. In my oil paintings I use natural forms as well. There they confront with/stand opposite to industrial forms and materials, but in these watercolor paintings I isolate form and color to its essence and purity. I search for softness and vulnerability by using watercolor paint. The colors are exposed to weather, place, light and natural circumstances.

Sand, stones, growth, decay, light and air are recurring elements in my paintings.

 The watercolor paintings I made in the serie "Septic" are inspired by the time I nearly died of a septic shock in 2020. It reflects memories, fear, luck, love, caring, confusion, awareness of finiteness, helplessness, being hospitalized, hope and life.The whole Corona period is intertwined with this experience. 

The bottles refer to medicine, water, urine and life. I consider these paintings as self-portraits.      

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