Simple forms and vibrant colours define Raphaela Simon's canvases. The clear compositions are consciously simple, structures and gestures are being repeated and carry like a thread through the entire work of the artist. Simon works in several layers, she overpaints and modifies previous elements in a continuous process. However, the traces of editing, of adding and removing remain always visible. Simon gives her paintings concise titles like Gerät (”apparatus“), Schlafsack (”sleeping bag“) or Aufgeräumt (”tidy“). She reduces the single work to a first association, a key word. This provides the paintings with a symbolical character that makes them appear like icons or pictograms and contrasts with the highly charged medium painting.
Image: Teppichgeschäft, 2016, oil on canvas, 200 x 170 cm