There is something fascinating about encounters in one’s life, no matter how good or bad these are, the possibilities of changing us in someway or another is unavoidable. Movement is ‘el cumpable’ of such as possibilities. Without movement, perhaps we will have very limited learning experiences. Recently, I have had an encounter with a potter from Freiburg, Germany bringing into existence all sort of interesting connections with locals and stories about the place (Freiburg). The deeper the connection with her, the more I get to discover about this place, the live of a potter, her craft, art in the city and life stories. Although her mind is not always remembering still I am getting a flavour of her life in Freiburg.
Ika Schilbok is 89 years old artist (aka Töpferin), who not only made objects that are decorative, and have practical uses, but she experimented all the time with different materials, forms and shapes. Leaving behind a beautiful and diverse collection, which includes collections of books, paintings, pottery, arrangements and stories. Some of it has been passed to many friends and families where she can have an existence through these objects. She loved collecting things, all sort of things some friends tell me with cheeky smiles.
My curiosity started due to her shop which has been closed for a long time, I was told, but everything was there, as when she left. A short story of how we met can be found here. Once we met the shop became irrelevant but her story and her nature captured me. Even though our times together are limited, for different reasons, I am getting to know her story. Due to her age and some health events in her life she ceased to work in the same manner than when she was actively running her Atelier. Her curiosity makes her to explore forms that relate somehow to her existence in time. She started to make birds using clay, with a basic glazed. And somehow also took up painting, and working with a stones. All these art explorations have been encouraged at the art classes in her Alterheim (elderly house) where she resides. (this will continue).
2020- after a long hiatus, family complications and now lockdown. I have not been able to visit her. I write to her and I hope she can read. I don’t have answer from her as life over the years became more difficult for her due to her dementia. I am hoping sometime soon add more to this story. Yet before that I will need to get an approval from her family. I have objects from her given to me which in time, will tell my brief encounter and what I learned. Through a collection of pieces of pottery that are unfinished.
The idea of transit implies a sort of suspension, a moment that has been suspended in time yet, with movement and never static. The idea of being in constant movement demands quick adaptation, understanding and more than anything learning, together with an increasing capacity for being present, in the moment. Something very rare nowadays, because of our way of perceiving time and production.
When experiencing this transit I found myself constantly reminded of the moment. I am here now.
These works has been created without intention only with the idea of immersing in the moment. I have used Ika’s workshop which creates a different canvas to my palette.
The forest paintings intend to appreciate the moment. While running or cycling in the black forest despite appreciating the air in my face, the stones on the ground, the weather, the highs, the summits, the place, there is still so many things that are missed as one is in movement. Yet I have managed to stop when I can and observe and when the memory os right I have taken pictures. I have not taking my materials out there, only in occasions as I have more time. Taking easel to paint will reduced my availability to get high up, climb, as I don’t drive and I would not like to exploit the scenery by making a mess. as I am more suited at this moment for painting or drawing big. In time I will explore things different. Therefore this paintings are from pictures, memory and abstractions. The style is different from my practice, the intention is the same. Moments in movements.
This is the studies of nature, from a place that visit. For more work and more recent studies of this natural habitat, see paintings here.
Das Wald y el objeto.
Acryclic and clay.