PARIS IN MY MIND: In the year 1900, Paula Modersohn-Becker traveled to Paris for the first time. During her four visits, the “immense personality of this city“ affected the talented young woman very intensely. Here, she was able to tap the abundance of the lively cultural metropolis: Louvre, Notre Dame, and in encounters with the art of her famous contemporaries Rodin, Cézanne, etc. she developed her own artistic language. The artist Birgit Ramsauer followed Paula to Paris, the traces of the exciting encounter of the painter with this city: over 100 years later.
"Paris in my mind"
When she awarded in 2002 a scholarship at the ‘Kuenstlerhaeuser Worpswede" she became familiar with the work of Paula Modersohn-Becker, an important painter a century ago, born in Bremen. On the steps of this exciting painter two years later Birgit visited Paris. The intense diary of Paula became Birgit Ramsauer's guidance in Paris. For Paula the time in Paris was her most shaping period of time.
The Polaroid pictures on Duratrans material in lightboxes bring in the Mediterranean light of Paris. They seem to be a window view into the city. By enlarging the original image the "painterly strokes" grow more powerful.
In Paris, right at the locations of Paula's diary Birgit Ramsauer works with the Polaroid.
"Within the noise of the floating city, surrounded by the smell, the movement of the environment and the people I work into the developing Polaroid: leaning at a post or cowering on a bench my work process is vulnerably open to the public view. That for I correspond in this first step of a public performance with the environment.
The strong "strokes" and the colourful transformation connect me with the locations of the paintings of Paula 100 years ago. The layers of time overlap. In the second step I scan and work on the computer. In the technic of new media I "paint plain air".
These objects have been exhibited in the galleries: