Fences and Barriers by Ana Schmidt

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Ana Schmidt

Fences and Barriers

2019

73 × 60 cm | 28 1/2 × 23 1/2 in

Acrylic on canvas

My paintings are realistic depictions of urban landscapes. I navigate manmade spaces to discover subjects of intrigue. The landscapes I paint are often on the edge of cities, normally quite unattractive. Ordinarily we pass these places by, we do not give them credence as visual subjects of art. The motorways, bypasses, waste transfer stations, recycling facilities and factories – The social fringe that stands on the periphery of our urban centers – are what ultimately speaks to me.

What a painting does to a viewer can´t be put into words, neither can the effect of a highway, the meaning of a suburban place, a puddle..

Images constitute openings towards a trans-historical world. The symbolism of water is constantly present in my paintings. Mircea Eliade writes about water: “Water is fons et origo, it precedes all form and sustains all creation. The symbolism of water implies both death and rebirth.