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(1040) Stella Pfeiffer - How rocks have grown


About this artwork

The drawing “How rocks have grown” is a graphic translation of the formation of sedimentary rock, which is characterized by a stratification of heterogeneous layers of sediment. During the process of sedimentation, organic and non-organic loose materials of gases and liquids are deposited at the bottom of water bodies or dry land. The initially loose particles become increasingly compact as a result of pressure and temperature influences and solidify into differently composed rock layers, which have formed the oceanic and continental crust with the mountain ranges over the course of geological periods.
In my work I start from the idea that each drawing line corresponds to a sedimentation layer. The line formations translate the different forces acting on each other by the heteromorphic rock layers. The denser the lines are, the greater the forces acting on them, the harder the rock is. Softer rock, implemented in loose line formations, is formed by the hard rock layers by sliding past them.
While drawing I trusted my imagination and fantasy and the picture grew out of itself. The result is a very lively, moving, abstract, imaginary rock landscape, in which it constantly pushes, glides, grows, creates, forms and reshapes. The lines, however, are not only a topography of an imaginary rock landscape, but also a topography of time, in which movement and change are constant. Thought of as a rock landscape, the drawing also offers space for individual associations.

About Stella

My main working medium is drawing. I am inspired by nature, especially by landscapes, the sky, mountains, rock formations, simple stones and many other things I find and see in my environment. In the course of time I have developed different visual languages as well as work cyrcles, on which I continue to work, develop and expand continuously. My artistic work is characterized by a wide range of diversity, because I never do the same thing too often.
I do not work figuratively, but abstractly. I usually work in small formats, process-oriented and associative. During the creative process, memories of what I have seen, experiences, imagination and fantasy play an important role in the creation of images. Each work is created on the picture carrier from the respective moment.
My drawings are characterized by tension-filled moments of movement, in which the most diverse forces manifest themselves in fragile equilibria: In terms of content, I deal with the sensual perception of reality, which is constantly changing and cannot be captured. The perception is always fragmentary, although the senses think they can recognize a whole. The “world” and that which I, as a draftswoman, perceive from it, translate into pictures and make visible, is thus a moving space-time structure on the picture carrier, which enables new, individual references and resonance spaces, i.e. extensive fields of association for the viewer.

Link to Stella’s Art Aviso profile HERE

Stella was provided with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:

Volume 1
The story of the World in the days of long ago.
Where the Earth’s story is written
Stella Pfeiffer
Drawing, Pigment-Fineliner
900 EUR