FISHING REALITY presents new drawings and paintings by Dominique Lämmli. In 'Lines & blossoming flowers', her contribution to the conference on Experimental Painting at China Academy of Art Hangzhou, China, the artist reflects on 'Painting as thinking'. She argues that, like any other 'language' or 'idiom', painting is 'a way of thinking' and can be used to 'shape communication'.
Lämmli's painterly thinking processes are concerned with the co-existence of a wide range of values and attitudes. In a poetic approach involving digital and physical production processes alike, she not only combines various media – drawing, painting, photography – but also visual concepts, the media themselves, and the way paint is applied.
Inspired by realistic or imaginary spaces, her narratives depict dream-like, mysterious worlds that feature monsters and various fish species as well as drones, guns and blossoms. Lämmli tells her stories by means of carefully selected colours, textures and three-dimensional structures that owe their depth to a collage-like assemblage of pictorial fragments.
In FISHING REALITY recent works and a selection of pieces created over the past twenty years stand side by side. Their formats could not be more diverse, ranging from delicate, almost ephemeral and extremely small drawings to a vast painting over 215 square feet (20 sqm) in size. Also on display is an object whose surface replicates the coarse structure of a stone floor typical of cellars in Swiss stately homes.