Charlotte Trossbach – vanitas popular
Charlotte Trossbach’s (*1985 in Mainz) richly coloured paintings appeal to the viewer’s senses. You feel the tingling of the lemonade on your tongue, taste the strawberries and smell the fresh espresso. The artist creates unique pieces with technical precision that can be classified as photorealistic.
Charlotte Trossbach studied painting at Alanus University under Professor Andreas Orosz. The themes in her works arise out of observations of her surroundings. Being constantly aware of discovering new templates for her pictures at any given moment, she takes spontaneous photos with her mobile phone that become templates for her work. Transparencies, reflections of light and shadow, shapeless objects and asynchronous disruptions of even patterns are popular subjects found in her paintings.
The colourful lipsticks stand in a row like tin soldiers. Upon closer inspection, these little soldiers do not form a perfect unit, rather they dance out of line. The displayed test samples were not returned to the exact same place. Their divergent positions break up the incoming light into different reflections and thus liberate them from their conformity.
The objects that are painted in oil are consciously depicted in a state of imperfection. The small flaw that transforms the industrial products depicted into individual objects, hints at the transience of the present. The ice is melting and the box of toffifee has already been opened and enjoyed.
The painter reinvents the trompe-l’oeil and creates modern vanitas still lifes. By capturing the ephemeral, the fleeting or the dynamic in a state of flux for eternity in oil, she creates a contrast between motif and technique. Short-lived motifs become permanent works of art.
Friday, September 4, 2020, 11 am – 9 pm
Saturday, September 5, 2020, 11 am – 8 pm,
Sunday, September 6,2020, 11 am – 6 pm
Image: © Charlotte Trossbach, R.I.P., 2020, Oil on canvas, 40 x 60 cm (16 x 24 in.)