Tristesse Seeliger’s multimedia works include collages, paintings and sculpture. She predominately explores the ideas and metaphors around mapping as a tool of perception and orient
Paintings by Tristesse Seeliger
This new series of paintings entitled To Learn Something By Being Nothing seeks to capture what rivers mean in our lives. The paintings explore close up and zoomed out the movement and lines rivers create. The visual similarity between a river system, seen from above, is like looking at the human vascular system, brain matter, or lungs. This visual connection can also be seen in the natural world when looking at tree branches, coral, and leaves.
The river is used as a metaphor for time and change in literature and folklore. The river is a fertility symbol because of the abundant life that is capable of thriving there. Rivers mark boundaries and are in-between spaces, symbolically similar to crossroads, train stations, wall cavities and so on. It follows that rivers are spiritually rich spaces as well, a good place to grieve, to commune with your god, or to meet fairies. Where rivers meet each other this could be a sacred space, a portal to another world.
These paintings are a meditation on this terrain that captures the human imagination so poignantly.