The vaulted cellar is once again open to art

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The vaulted cellar is once again open to art

The exhibition “In the light and the wind” marks the beginning. Artist Elizabeth Weckes from Frechen will show her kind of realism from Sunday. The works are visible until November 1st.

The vaulted cellar of Kloster Kamp is once again open to art: with her work on Sunday 15 May, the Frechen artist Elizabeth Weckes will bring a lot of “light and wind” into the old walls, which have become popular and much visited in These recent years, the place of art has developed. Peter Hahnen, manager of the Spiritual and Cultural Center Kloster Kamp, is happy to be able to make this place accessible to visitors again after two years of the corona pandemic. For the reopening, he invited a fascinating artist, Elizabeth Weckes, to the Kamper Berg, whose works, both by their grace and their duality, encourage the viewer not to be satisfied with a fleeting gaze.

There is more to discover in the 19 oil paintings on display in the vaulted cellar that make one think of the world in all its contradictions. Elizabeth Weckes is an excellent nature observer, detailed and interested in natural history. Birds, whether seagulls, crows or pigeons, but also plants are always at the center of the images – in almost striking proportions against the blurred surroundings: seagulls fight against a blue sky cloudy, artificial cranes rise below them. Starlings populate a bus stop in Dublin, the background, the landscape fades into a diffused red, and pigeons bring wild confusion into the light structures of modern architecture. In doing so, she likes to leave to the spectator the field of association and interpretation of her works, which are located in the field of tension between nature and technology, industry and architecture. “It is precisely these contrasts that attract me: moving and static, organic and created by human hands”, explains the 54-year-old artist. This is all the more exciting as nature itself has structures reminiscent of architecture. “Take a dandelion, for example,” she says.

Elizabeth Weckes has traveled extensively. Whether it’s India, Australia, France or England: “All these places have led to an even wider expansion of my impressions of nature”, underlines the artist during the visit. of the exhibition entitled “In Light and Wind”. In many cases, these are impressions acquired during travels, things you have experienced yourself or memories. She has a story to tell for each image. It is therefore worth visiting the exhibition when the artist is present. “I’m always looking for patterns,” she says. Elizabeth Weckes studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Münster. In 1993, she received the Max Ernst scholarship from the city of Brühl. Guest lectures have taken her to Canada and Australia, among other places.

With her art, she wants to achieve a realism that photography cannot offer, says the artist. “It’s a kind of realism that can go into surrealism,” she continues. In fact, the way Weckes works often gives the viewer the impression of having fallen out of time and space. “These are works that are nourished, filled and shaken as if by the wind and pure vitality, also an elemental force between life and death”, says an introduction in the entrance to the vaulted cellar.

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