This diptych is derived from Baumgartner's process of using her own video footage as the source for her woodcut imagery.
Asphalt I & II by Christiane Baumgartner, 2006
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- Woodcut on Kozo paper
- 1) 90 x 120 cm; 2) 110 x 140 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £5,900 ( Total: £5,900)
- Acquired in:
- Alan Cristea Gallery
Journeys out of Leipzig on the German Autobahn towards the Baltic coast have allowed her to record the continuum of a moving car. Individual frames from these video images, separated by less than a second, are selected and transferred onto the computer, to be enlarged and manipulated, before being placed face down onto a block of plywood to act as a line template for her carving in wood. The motorway as the means of access between one urban centre and another is explored with precise and repeated 'cut' marks, and a grey and white approach to colour, to suggest monotony as well as the indefinite expansion of the man-made into the natural landscape. The artist's own personal relationship with motorway travel as a symbol of post-unification freedom in Germany further complicates the relationship with this constructed environment. Presented by the Art Fund through Art Fund International.