Heike Lutzer | Painting
While studying philosophy, literature and art history at universities in Cologne and Munich with university degree (M.A.), Heike Lutzer often found herself next to a pile of art books when at the library. Life brought her to Berlin in 2013. There she lives and works in her studio in Kreuzberg.
Within the discourse of painting, it is Lutzers ambition to create a voice that transforms literary and philosophical references into a new language - a language that is emphatically feminine and defends the aesthetics of pain.
Oscillating between two and three figures, Lutzer's pieces play consciously with awareness and visibility, teeming with quotations. A main theme of this artist is the relationship of the individual to the family, to childhood in particular. Her work is a dramatic-poetic appeal to transcend boundaries in the head - best with a bold leap - and a too rigid concept of reality. The worlds remain confrontational. Even when the faces are distorted and difficult to read-as is often the case, given how her style ranges between figurative and abstract-they convey anxiety and distress, not to mention a certain defiance directed at the viewer. The motive of the child, which inhabits changing, spatially indeterminate scenarios, comes to us strangely lost, as it crouches in the picture. With light and airy at the first glance, the pictures are not dominated by deep sadness, rather then abysmal ambivalence. Lutzers work orbits around the objects in our lives: a painted mental, imaginary autobiography. A disease report comparable with the poetry of a suffering.