We are delighted to present a selection of drawings, prints and paintings by Christiane Gerda Schmidt, a mid-career German artist.
Schmidt's practice investigates our relationship to our natural and built environments. In particular, she examines the role that leisure, or "communing" with nature, plays in that relationship. In our eagerness to experience the purity of nature, we build roads, chair lifts, viewing platforms, amenities, etc, to allow us to commune conveniently and efficiently. However, the process of enhancing our experience of nature eventually destroys it.
Even within our cities as we attempt to "greenify" our spaces, there remains the artifice of landscaping. Into our constructed jungles of concrete, steel and glass, we insert potted plants, gardens, and non-native trees which we must then maintain if they are to survive and remain contained within their alloted space.