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Barbara Ellmerer. Sense of Science : Paintings, Hardback Book

Barbara Ellmerer. Sense of Science : Paintings Hardback



When an apple falls to the ground, we see the effect of gravity.

Yet not all laws of nature are as apparent. Swiss artist Barbara Ellmerer uses invisible principles of physics, biology, and cosmology as her starting point and translates them into paintings.

She sends us into the realm of colours and shapes in which forces, movements, and processes from nature are synonymously realised and palpable.

Ellmerer thereby also captures something inexplicable, which reminds us of how steeped in wonder the world still is. Barbara Ellmerer - Sense of Science presents a selection of oil paintings and works on paper created by the artist between 2010 and 2020.

Ellmerer's sometimes large-format pictures are shown both in full as well as in enlarged details to show the intricacies of her brush stroke, colour qualities, surfaces, depths, movements, and emphases.

This combination also makes productive use of the migration of media - from painting to photography - and its reproduction in the book.

In an accompanying essay, Laura Corman, a quantum physicist, explains how Ellmerer's art relates to natural science.

A contribution by Nadine Olonetzky, culture journalist and photo expert, describes art's capabilities of rendering invisible processes comprehensible. Text in English and German.




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