In her work, Alina Birkner explores the interaction of colour and light, perception and the effects both have on the viewer. Gradients and colors melt together softly, creating a shimmering, through which it seems as if the colour is freed from the canvas’ materiality, developing a life of its own. Pulsating, contracting, expanding – sometimes calming, at other times unsettling,it challenges the observers visual habits. Rainbows, afterimages, blurring – visual phenomena like these are dealt with in her paintings, that are created in careful application of many layers of diluted acrylic paint, resulting in a weightless luminosity. She often works in series, which gives her the opportunity to explore and vary a wider spectrum of color combinations, whilst leaving the composition unchanged. Painting here serves as a means of communication for questions that can not be answered on an intellectual level, but can only be dealt with through conscious or subliminal experience.
” Art is an illusion and at the same time reality. It can give, and it can take. I prefer Art that gives you something, makes you feel richer, more complete after experciencing it. Art has the power to elevate, transform but also disturb,take you to darker places. Still, coming from the heart, it nourishes the soul and is therefore of vital importance. “