Detlef E. Aderhold
MA (Psychology), Universitaet Goettingen, Germany PhD (Psychology), Universitaet Potsdam, Germany
I am a curious mix of an old and a young artist. My life as an artist has been deeply influenced by my interest in psychology, in particular my career as a psychologist. Identity and interaction are two key aspects of both art and psychology, and it is at this intersection between the two disciplines that I find myself.
While creating my paintings, two processes are particularly important to me: intuitive gesture and deliberate form-making. The expressive aspect is characterized by an unrestrained handling of paint. This action-based element develops on the basis of preliminary plans and mental images which I record in sketches. I often incorporate impressions, or frottage drawings directly on to the canvas. These drawn elements are made with everyday objects— bicycle chains, shards of glass, Lego pieces, model-train tracks and natural materials. These objects and materials leave their trace or impression in the wet ground and sometimes yield additional structures that I can work from. The impression is not merely a transferred copy but rather, is further developed and thus invested with an individuality and identity of its own.
During a residency at the School of Visual Arts, in the summer of 2014, I began a series of mixed media works which are titled Wrapped. The Wrapped series is ongoing and I use a free-play of materials and found objects. Each work in this series takes a crumpled painting rag as its starting point. Each of these small assemblages contains aspects that are present in my larger works: symbols, stains of pigment, drawing and expressive color. The forms I find in these works can trigger an emotional response from a person because it reminds them of something from their own history. I enjoy the immediacy of the experience between myself and the viewer. What is important to me is spontaneity and the question of how structures form through a process of interaction. Ideally, the paintings act as a site of mutual discovery.