Form contrasts – notes on the work of Martine Seibert-Raken
Dr. Rolf Sachse JUNI/2018
Four times four thin steel bars mark a square in the great outdoors, not too big, but not too small, the scale is geared in height and distance towards humans. The constructivist basis of these rods – they stand on galvanised plates of 1m edge length – carries a wild structure of thin wire mesh, formally as unimaginable as a cumulus cloud and with the trade term “chicken wire” almost poetically rewritten. The rods are glossy, the wire is bright, both have no inherent colour, but reflect back the light from the environment in all spectral appearances: in bright sunshine it is different from how it appears under a cloudy sky, under nocturnal artificial light it is different depending on the bulbs, depending on the background and also as a shadow on the floor or wall. But the appearance of the light always remains immaterial and the form remains open despite the firmly constructed ground. The sculpture won the 2015 TheRhinePrize and marks not only the greatest success of the artist Martine Seibert-Raken so far, but also reveals many characteristics of her work.