Art doesn’t need to represent reality in order for it to say something true about the world and the ways we experience it. Case in point: Grit Richter’s surrealist art. Spanning across a variety of mediums (anything from traditional oil paintings to light installations), her work explores representations of shared memories and collective experiences.
“My work is not about my personal memories or unconsciousness,” relayed Richter in an interview with Art of Choice, “although they are the base on which I start to develop the ideas for my works. I believe that there exists something like a collective emotional structure which we share and which connects us,” she further explained.
Her work, therefore, is a way of visualizing the unrepresentable, creating an aesthetic parable of our inner world (“I’m trying to find a visualization that connects and hits the common points in this collective structure,” says Richter).
With common themes including geometric forms that twist and turn, colored in bright, almost glowing, colors—Richter’s work is open for interpretation. “I believe that paintings (and art in general) have the great potential of representing that hazy area in a very poetic, nonverbal but strong, feel-able way,” she says.