Dorothee Wendel
Born in Saarbrücken

“The artist has dedicated almost 20 years to the abstracts and, after the first exhibit in 1996, followed more in Saarbrücken, Trier and Munich. In 2007 in Worpswede, she participated in the “Tribute to Paula-Modersohn Becker” exhibition in the Paula-Modersohn Museum. Recently, her paintings were displayed in the Saarland exhibit in Berlin and in the Baden-Baden exhibit in St. Ingbert. In particular, the paintings from her most recent creative period “art as experience” are noteworthy.”

“A studio? More like a battlefield. Whoever chances a look into DorotheeWendel’s artistic workshop is greeted with a colorful potpourri of colored canvases, paint-flecks, tubes of various colored paints, bottles full of color, spotted sponges and jars full of paintbrushes. A creative chaos?Yes, but one with order and purpose.

Just as there will be shavings where wood is planed, flecks of color will fly where paintings are created. At least where Dorothee Wendel works with her “Dripping Technique,” of which US artist Jackson Pollock is the most famous proponent. Using this method, she throws the color right out of the bottle onto the horizontal canvas, sometimes with force and sometimes gently. She often stands on a ladder, and sometimes simply kneels or sits by the canvas when she works.

For this style of large canvas art, she chooses acrylic paints because these dry evenly and without cracking, even with the disparate force of application. This is important in paintings where layer upon layer of paint is applied, until a monochromatic, full undercoat comes into being. On top of this, Dorothee Wendel often applies a light varnish, which simultaneously lends depth and a floating lightness and transparency.

“Painting is my language. What I cannot impart with words and thoughts, may the painted picture communicate a deeper consciousness. Sometimes an answer, a truth, or even a tiny bit of universal understanding strikes. Then I am happy,” says the artist. Therein also lays the creative process. She doesn’t paint as if it were an inner portrait, but births it, gives it the intensity and depth that she feels within herself. Emotion and intuition prevail over objectivity.

DorotheesWendel does not permit herself to be confined to one format. She teases with the exchange of large and small. If one observes the paintings from his/her particular perspective and distance, the perception is adjusted, allowing each individual beholder free rein.

The art historian, Nicole Baronsky-Ottmann, describes it as “remarkable, always appealing and asthetic,” that which DorotheeWendel creates by “only” throwing pure color on canvas.

Actually, the paintings are simultaneously dynamic, expressive, creative and profound. It is the work of a painter who has arrived in her creative medium. But, with each new painting, nevertheless embarks on a trip to the unknown. DorotheeWendel is also established and active in other areas, including philosophy, children’s literature, politics and business.”

By Petra Hartmann (excerpt from TOP Magazine Saarland 1/2014)