NORSKE VERDENER 2016 Triptychon je Bild 100x140 cm
"O selige Natur! Verloren ins weite Blau, blick' ich oft hinauf an den Äther und hinein ins heilige Meer, und mir ist, als öffnet ein verwandter Geist mir die Arme, als löste der Schmerz der Einsamkeit sich auf ins Leben der Gottheit, das ist der Himmel des Menschen. Eins zu sein mit allem, was lebt, in seliger Selbstvergessenheit wiederzukehren ins All der Natur, das ist der Gipfel der Gedanken und Freuden." Friedrich Hölderlin
Norway's Landscape through the Eye of the Artist
There can be no all-encompassing description of the country's scenery –
its extent spanning 1700km from the south of Lindesne to the North Cape.
Traveling by car, one would have to cover 2518 km to traverse the
country from southernmost to northernmost point. Still, there is a
unifying aspect to the scenery's character – its genesis being the last
ice age, during which an icy shell of up to 3km thickness covered
The receding ice formed and exposed the new landscape, innumerable small
and large islands and skerries. Further inland, Norway's many lakes,
valleys and remaining glaciers showcase the ice ages creative powers.
The large mountain ranges, too, bear witness to their origins by the
smooth shapes the ice has ground the stone to.
We accompany Trudy Wiebus through this archaic landscape and experience
the light of the North and its dramatic contrasts. Blonde summer nights
suffused with light, or the winter's darkness that mutes all fiery
autumn colors to leave only shades of black and grey.
Norway's nature is not hospitable, its countryside not sweet and
inviting – instead, it shows elementary stark, frightening beauty that
challenges the observer. One quickly feels alone in a hostile world and
savage wilderness. The same sentiment, ``These nordic realms, the
nature's beauty holds the lead, and its children – man – play only a
minor part'' was uttered by the Norwegian painter Peder Balke, whose
works were seminal in the nineteenth century. Baldes paintings already
exhibit an artistic freedom that is not limited to the pictorial, but
compositionally without restraint.
Since Monet, nature and light have become artistically intertwined. The
Norwegian paintings of Trudy Wiebus, too, bear this property – they are
governed by the light and dynamic nature: the tension between
mountainside and fjord, the horizontal and vertical, and the colors of
the North: all nuance of black and white, blues and greens, white and
grey, to all shades of purple.
We can comprehend her paintings as abstract landscapes, foreground and
background vanish into nature and are joined as a complete image.
Horizontally, we see a resemblance to the separation of earth and water,
sky and clouds.
The natures elements and their hues, the dramatic performance of nature
become part of the paintings, like the festival of colors in the nights
sky or the overwhelming spectacle of the Aurora Borealis.
Paul Klee said that art does not replicate what can be seen – it reveals
the invisible. Trudy Wiebus' art is an examination of the experience
that opens our eyes and allows us to see.
Lucie Fæste, Oslo 2010/2017