Miriam Smidt was born and raised in Ostfriesland, a barren, windy region of Germany bordering the North Sea. The constant movement of the water – enriched with the swirl of life – contrasts with the emptiness and flatness of the country in this area. Smidt always felt drawn to these waters in the same way that she has always felt drawn to art, but for over a decade she didn’t dare give herself over to the pull of the current until she was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016. This incident sloshed into her mind like a storm tide – she gave up her work as a social scientist and an author to follow her artistic path.

Smidt invented her own method of fluid painting with watercolour inks and paste that she calls liquid light painting. The paste dries invisibly. The colours themselves shine, and the canvas shines through the colours. For Smidt, there is no answer to the heavy and grim facts of life but to oppose them with levity – with the transparency and brightness of the watercolour inks she uses.