"In the beginning, I don't know what is hidden there. It is also a journey to myself - after all, I can only uncover the forms that my body senses. I am feeling my way towards the forms that appeal to me, that correspond to me. That may correspond to me. And maybe not just to me."
Birgitt Lübkemann's oil paintings truly are impressions of paradise, images of lovingly recognised details of a microcosm that is also inherent to us all. Foreign and yet so close. Small but also large. Inside and outside become one. Shapes and colours flow into one another and create a new world in which they resonate.
Some pictures are initially reminiscent of shells, leaves and flower pistils. Others are reminiscent of fire, water and stone. But there is much more to see - as if viewers were looking through a microscope into a cosmos of their own and ultimately immersing themselves in an entire universe. Large caves, openings and muscles are revealed. Organic forms from nature become heart and soul, light and breath. It is the amazement at the miracle of life itself that speaks from Birgitt Lübkemann's pictures and jumps out at the viewer powerfully and confidently. You can almost smell and taste them, the turquoise blue sea and the ancient granite, the vibrant combination of orange papaya and purple flowers, the golden yellow mangoes and the brown curry, the pink hibiscus and the green bananas. Colours that have fascinated and inspired the artist for years, the colours of La Digue, an island in the Seychelles.
T. Laux, 2015