Carl Aigner, Memory and Presence, 2011
Due to photography (but not only because of it) and the discussions about reality and abstraction resulting therefrom, we often forget that every picture is a result of visual interpretation, imagination, perception and life. Painting, therefore, always stands for conversion, a meeting point between sense of reality and sense of possibility.
The work of Brigitte Bruckner conveys that in a very special way: Not only is she a subtle, visual storyteller who manages to convert themes like interior, landscape or portraiture into the historical art form of still life. The expression of her painting, the thin application of oil paint in combination with a fragmentary stroke of the brush and the unique composition of the colors transform the paintings into a figurative and melancholic autobiography. The moment of timeliness – which is an integral part of a still life – characterizes her painting and so it comes that the narrative impetus of her work gains its own lyrical dynamic.
The conversion of every day objects and trivial items which are linked to personal experience is a persistent transcription of memories and presence.
The apparently decent and modest cause the intensity and atmosphere of her pictures. This is one of the reasons the illustrated objects gain personality with their own physiognomy and become constant companions in an artistic life. The mixture of art and life is, particularly because of the artistic form of still-life, as visible as the pure linen, which shimmers through because of Brigitte Bruckner's use of colors. Her pictures have their origins in her social environment and are autobiographic in character. They are considered a gentle memento mori. Her pictures are "definitely a journey to a greater cognition", as Paul Klee once wrote.