From expeditions to the furthest reaches of Greenland, to being 2017 Guest Artist at nuclear research centre CERN, Mariele Neudecker’s work often explores the cross-section between the sublime natural world and human interference, much as in Sohlberg’s landscapes.
In her latest tank installation, Breathing Yellow, commissioned specially as part of Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway for Dulwich Picture Gallery, Neudecker takes inspiration from the dense birch trees of Norway’s forests to create a three-dimensional living landscape submerged underwater. Inspired by the rich colour Sohlberg used in his paintings and the intense yellow light of the Mausoleum – part of Sir John Soane’s original stained glass design – this fragment of a world will continue to change and evolve at different times of the day, responding to the light conditions surrounding it.
Neudecker describes her tanks as an immersive experience:
“You are both simultaneously drawn in close inside the tank, and clearly outside it; you inhabit the space in your mind and are physically distanced by artifice, glass, refraction and reflection.”