Transience by Karl Wennergren

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Karl Wennergren

Transience

2019

65 × 95 cm | 25 1/2 × 37 1/4 in

Oil on canvas

  • Honorable Mention / Imaginative Realism

Through the act of painting, I often try to make sense of things for myself. This could be something I have seen or felt when visiting a place, or something accumulated over a longer period of time. So, I use painting as a method of pondering these things, slowly adding my thoughts to the canvas with every stroke of the brush, until the assemblage forms the finished painting. Despite this, I do not think I could accurately describe in writing what a painting is about. I am not sure whether I fully know myself, since I never hold the whole thing in my mind at once, but only shards, placing them on the canvas, one at a time, until the puzzle seems complete. So then, like any viewer, I am left to discover whatever that is by observing the painting in the end. Furthermore, the painting speaks its own language of paint, and I could hardly translate it very well. So, although I will leave the meaning of the painting to the viewer, I can relate what made me interested in painting it in the first place:

I often go out sketching to gather ideas and experiences for future paintings. This time, not far from my hometown in the south of Sweden, I found myself drawn to a field at the side of the road. There was something strange about this field. I got the feeling that something significant had taken place there with no one to bear witness, and now it was lost. The possibility of a memory slipped out of time. All that remained now was a plastic bag.