9 Sept - 10 Oct.
Painting makes the soul tremble. It fills us with an unprecedented longing. But when we try to explain it, we always fall short. This also applies to Thora’s work. That is why she believes in creation and the importance of art. Art immortalizes a moment. A feeling of infinity. A sense of beauty. A sense of intimacy. The lonely moment is collectively made lonely through the viewer.
Ines is currently on a new path in her artistic practice that she is still intensely exploring. The elements that she has used and created in her paintings in recent years remain as a formal language. However, new elements are emerging. Painted markings and pencil lines used to dominate her images. However, these are currently being enhanced or even exchanged for sewn elements that have recently been introduced into her visual language. The paint is slowly being replaced by the actual material of the canvas: fabric and thread. Again, chance is the dominant factor here. Her mother taught her the basics of working with a stitching machine. Her ignorance and mistakes bring random moments to the surface. Pieces of fabric that are just not big enough to cover a canvas are sewn together to be able to create.
The ‘voids’ that she fills and creates in her work are still present, but are given a new look without losing the delicacy that draws us into her artistic (form) world.
Ines Thora’s work is a direct translation of her abstract persona, a representation of her inner world as it comes to her mind while painting. Since her work is shaped by her feelings and intuition at the time of creation, Torah does not like to explain her work further so as to preserve its universality. She also believes that every encounter of the viewer with the work creates a new work of art. The language she uses tries to convey what cannot be verbalized, such as meditative atmospheres and the physical act of painting. It is a way for her to communicate, to make visible what is intrinsically invisible. A way to react and interact with the world. The physical act of painting and the elusive sphere of the mind meet in the emptiness of the canvas that pulls it forward and slumbers beneath the surface.
Each painting is a battle with the void. Without the intervention of humanity, the word of meaning would remain empty. Torah takes the humanity of the painting from the depths and relies on the intuitive materiality of the canvas. Only now are the non-empty voids being stitched together and touched by an actual human presence.