Birgit Schweimler

Dießen am Ammersee, Germany

Gempke03At the core of my work lies my curiosity to explore complex interactions between various surface textures and chromatic layers. I create my paintings out of a deep necessity to execute images and forms already present in my mind’s eye. Upon completion, a painting may leave visual impressions that remind me of actual objects, places, or situations. Many works got their title from these mental associations. Abstract art tends to stimulate the imagination of the viewer – the ultimate meaning depends on individual interpretations. Many viewers of my works also report that they have a desire to physically touch them. Apparently, the various thick layers and granular textures also invite towards a tactile, as well as a visual experience.
At first sight, my art may look "random", but a closer look should make it obvious that it definitely isn’t. Often, I will have an abstract image in my mind beforehand, a clear vision of where the picture should evolve to. Although I paint very intuitively, the execution of the work is carefully planned and constructed and I leave very little to chance. I already consider the desired color-composition and future structure during the priming phase. Occasionally I may decide to re-explore an existing canvas and add entirely new layers if I find that painting has not “told its story”.
It is not my intention to create “pleasing” images, but I do tend towards aesthetic choices that I find appealing.
I predominantly use acrylic and oil paints, but also like to experiment with new materials and dye mixtures to explore fresh possibilities. My preferred support is wood and I predominantly paint and fill with my bare hands. I frequently incorporate materials from nature which many people bring back from their various travels. These include sand and soil etc. I integrate these structures into my paintings or use them as a base for new pigments. Thus, every painting also gains a personal story.
I often find inspiration for my paintings in natural textures. Especially rocks, fossils, minerals, water and natural light often trigger ideas. My images also frequently develop while listening to music, especially electronic soundscapes, and ambient music.
I worked as a social worker and art therapist in several organizations. Since 2016 I´m a freelance artist and work in my own studio at the aukio ateliers, Kerschlacher Forst 1, Pähl, Germany.
I have taken part in various exhibitions, in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Italy and France and am regularly involved in open studios at aukio.

Basically, I feel like European. My husband is Belgian, and my children grew up bilingual. I traveled a lot in my life and I´m interested in cultural exchange and meeting other artists in Europe. I think we shouldn´t be limited to just one place. A good network is very important, especially in this time of geopolitical changes. Preserving democracy and freedom is particularly important for artists. That´s why I would be very delighted about being a member of Artists in Motion.
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Elise 3 Elise 4 Elise 5
Geerdet II - 140 x 120 cm
Oil, mixed media on canvas
 The Terrestrial Guardians - 100 x 180 cm
Acrylic, mixed media on canvas
Opal - 20 x 20 cm
Acrylic, mixed media on wood
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