Edda Clasen: Painting in 3D and Sculpture

By Minna Del Río

I met the German artist in the Ventanas Golf Club where she is about to hang her 3D paintings and position her sculptures.

Art Exhibition
Edda Clasen: Painting in 3D and Sculpture
Sat, Sep 15 1-7pm
Fri & Sat, Sep 14 & 15, 11am-7pm
Sun, Sep 16, 11am-3pm (raffle 12pm)
Las Ventanas Golf Course
Esperanza 84
Information: Minna Del Río mdelrio@cascadas.com.mx
415 1139971, Edda Clasen: www.eddaclasen.com

Edda Clasen has lived in Ghana, Peru, Thailand, Argentina and Germany and now resides in Mexico. She has displayed her work in more than 90 solo and group exhibitions in Germany, Austria, England, Spain, Portugal and Mexico.

When asking her about the special characteristics of her work she is very short and precise: “Extremely colorful and 3D.”

I am surprised to hear that Edda Clasen is not too keen on talking about her work.  Asking her about this, her explanation is the following:

“Okay. I know that I should talk about my work, but, seriously, don’t you think that every single person has a unique and different experience when looking at a piece of art? Why is that so? Because our background, our experiences, good and bad are also unique. You might enjoy a strong and dominant red in a painting; think it is invigorating or sexy, while someone else steps back with dismay, being reminded of an accident he suffered in which he lost a lot of blood.

Take those snakes that I have painted recently. While most believe them to be friendly, a few will step back with fear. The snake can symbolize death through poisoning but also immortality through the shedding of her skin.”

“My work has two nearly opposing components: one playful, the other analytical. The obvious happy, bright and positive component, be it funny animals or bright planets, disguise the fact that there is an exact planning of every detail, an exact cutting through the canvas, sometimes involving mathematical equations to ensure that the cuts are in the right place. Those cuts allow for depth and invite the shadow into a sunny painting, thus making it more real, more complete. Where there is light there is shadow, and vice versa. It is up to you whether you prefer to see the sun or the shadow,” says Edda Clasen, and laughs out loud.

We will have a raffle of a 30 by 30 cms painting from the artista.


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