Art Critique of Almine’s Work by Dr. Ingrid Gardill, Art Historian and Co-author of Internationale Kunst Heute 2014
The works of the artist Almine have been described as “Paintings of Light”. Indeed, it seems as though the images are lit from behind. The fluid, abstract shapes therefore may be said to resemble stained glass windows, highly color-intensive yet translucent. This effect makes the images expressive, adding to them an inner luminosity. Almine plays with the dissolving form and composition of colors. Sometimes there are intricate, scale-like layers of monochromatic color, that unexpectedly collide with another contrasting color value, often revealed as great harmonious and balanced fields, encompassing the visual experience. The possible combinations seem endless.
Almine uses her photographs as a starting point, which she then digitally enhances. Through her art, she seeks to free her audience from their visual and mental limitations by presenting to us that which has been forgotten in the course of our ordinary lives: the language of the “dream body”, which exists beyond imagined boundaries. Therefore, her art is referred to as “precious windows into eternity”. Her unique visual language does, in fact, elude any rigid definition, allowing for a deeper perspective. The dance of the fluid forms with their translucent appearance and exciting color scheme, gives the observer the opportunity to delimit his previous experiential horizon, if he lets himself immerse into these intriguing Paintings of Light.
– Dr. Ingrid Gardill, Art Historian
(Translated from German)