Dreams can keep on continual journey and see different wonders in the world.
A longing in childhood guided Doris Ernst into a profession which required constant travel, and finally brought her into the palace of art.
Every few years, Doris would move to a different city according to her working arrangements, fathom the situations there and get into intense work.
For most people, being able to work all over the world seems like going on constant free journeys.
However, in her working circumstances, Doris needs to handle various relationships simultaneously in a tense rhythm, and what's more, to face international catastrophic events.
A life experience in New York opened a path to liberty and art in Doris's spiritual realm.
In the numerous galleries and art exhibitions in New York, she gradually found herself and saw the role of life in this complicated world.
Doris's works clearly show the special traces of contemporary design and art. The Bauhaus-centric line structure and the logically meticulous linear system are combined with superimposed layers of plane structures and form a unique visual dimension. Within the seemingly endless permutations, each individual organism exists on a huge chessboard in a traceable way, seeming like different modern cities.
Like the staggered lines on a city map, colours express various worldviews. From the prosperous modernity of New York to the dense vegetation of Africa, from the simplicity of Northern Europe to the traditionality and implicity of the East. It seems that some kind of metaphors and dramatic properties that are common in Renaissance works appeared in Doris's art. Black lines are used extensively to cover the surface in many works. Different forces are surging under very controlled emotions. Seemingly substantive sharp sights pierce the canvas and reach some kind of abyss. Some kind of deep but hopeful power peers into the inner heart from the paintings. Order and agility are presented on seemingly crazy lines simultaneously. When you get close to these works, it seems that you are able to probe into the humanity emanating naturally from each unique individual at any time.
The exhibition selected nearly forty Doris Ernst's works during 2017 to 2019 to open Leo Gallery's first online exhibition in 2020. Doris will also donate the proceeds of four works in the exhibition to Wuhan, which is affected by Coronavirus, to express her love and support for the people in the catastrophic area.
Doris Ernst (born 1966 in Germany) currently lives with her family in Shanghai and Berlin. She is a self-taught artist. Her intuition and creativity are an expression of her living, traveling and working in various cities around the world like New York, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Addis Abeba, New Delhi and Japan. These different cultures, people, societies and their art forms have influenced her as well as the friendship with many artists in these countries. She has participated in a several exhibitions in Shanghai.
Doris work has been influenced very strongly by her experiences living in mega cities. The density, noise, speed in contrast to nature, calmness and slowness. Her path towards making her own art started with the strong desire to finding herself again after long years of being a full time working mother of 3 children-working in the clearly structured field of law, working in humanitarian assistance which included visiting Haiti after the earthquake as well as refugee camps in Africa and Syria. She was looking for a way to cope with the experience of joy and disappointment in her personal life as well as sorrow over the death of loved ones. All of this combined with global politics, deteriorating environmental problems, divisions in societies as well as the speed of developments in the age of internet and artificial intelligence brought her to the point where she needed a means of expression to get the constantly spinning thought out of the head. Dealing with chaos and order. Her work is dominanted by the motto 'Trying to make sense'. Which includes the wish for finding hope in a complex world.
Doris loves to work with spatulas instead of brushes. Applying paint like that always includes an element of randomness and surprise which again is a similarity to life where perfection can never be completely be planned. The apparent order of the stripes and the grids is however not regular. The stripe as a symbol of routine are however never the same and in this representing individuality. Overlaying layers show the multitude of different influences we face in our life.
Her work also includes a series of works on paper called 'fading'. Which deals with the issue of not losing yourself, your integrity, your values and personality under the constant outside pressure.
Another series of works including a collection of found objects and markings on crushed/crumbled paper as well as prints with broken pieces of tiles from demolished houses deals with the question of transience and vulnerability.
The current situation /crisis clearly shows that rationality is (at least not alone/ by itself) the solution. Humanity, emotions, caring for each other empathy and love are need as well. Struggling and standing together while sharing our concerns and thoughts will give us the hope we need to find a brighter tomorrow in the chaos of our time.
Press release courtesy Leo Gallery.