Water(color) – source of life
Miriam Smidt was born and raised in Ostfriesland, a barren, windy region of Germany bordering the unique Wadden Sea, an area of the North Sea with unusually intense tides. 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. In Smidt’s artwork you can see the ebb and flow of her liquid inks throughout the drying process, follow their erosions.
Smidt’s works refer to the struggle for a balance between a life with limitations and the unconditional will to break cages and chains. Her art highlights the (in)ability to control. It’s as impossible to control the liquids on your paper as it is to control anything else in the world. You try to compose an artpiece – a life / curriculum vitae / your memoirs and everything runs like water through your fingers.
Smidt’s works show moments of energy and dynamism; the image can be changed with one swipe of your hand similar to the dynamics of life, which can suddenly change with one fateful swipe. Transience and legacies…
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.
2020: „Vogelperspektiven“/ „Bird’s perspectives“, städtische Bibliotheken Berlin, Germany
2020: „2020 – A Retrospective“ ,Virtual exhibition due to Covid 19 – Z-Contemporary, Hamburg, Germany
2020: „Aggregatzustände“ / „Physical states“; fem*art-Kollektiv, Berlin, Germany
2020: „The Art of Distancing“, Z-Contemporary; Hamburg, Germany
2020 „Spring is not canceled“; Virtual exhibition due to Covid 19 – Z-Contemporary, Hamburg, Germany
2019 : wopart – work on paper fair Lugano, Context Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland
2018 : Arte Padova, Context Gallery, Padova, Italy