German-born painter Marianne Durach creates abstractions in which color is experienced, not just seen. For Durach, sensation and spontaneity are essential aspects of her practice, as she rejects representation and embraces the affective potential of pure color. Her all-over, undulating compositions appear tactile, even three-dimensional. The artist creates a diverse topography of mountains and valleys using strong contrasts of light and shadow. These complex patterns trick the eye into perceiving shapes and objects, revealing the human tendency to seek order amid random information.
In her acrylic on canvas painting 19/17 PB, Durach renders what could be rhythmically repeating shell-like structures. Similarly, 13/17 PB is a densely layered image suggestive of crustaceans, and 22/17 PB mimics the texture and color of lapis lazuli. However, these works feature random colors and shapes; the eye perceives patterns, connections, and similarities where none actually exist. The resulting works embrace color and texture as an environment to be felt, sensed, and imagined. Indeed, instead of objects, Durach paints wetness, light, warmth, and air, channeling sensation into something concrete.