The Many Dreams of Maybe
paintings on paper
by Birgit Zartl
Katworks Publishing - Vienna, Austria
If darkness had a name, I am sure they would make a movie of it, or someone might write a book.
Many search for what is in darkness and the beauty that lurks in the midst of black. In the night we all wonder what lurks out there, beyond our reach.
Countless films have been produced using darkness as a back-drop, a way of seizing the theme of night, answering some of our questions and leaving most to the unknown.
Maybe we like the darkness for what we do not know, for what we can imagine.
as a poet once wrote
"Let the darkness out,
somewhere in there is the light
you are searching for,
for in there is held the source,
the reason many of you paint"
In the images created by Birgit Zartl in her new book of paintings,'The Many Dreams of Maybe,'
the darkness is just moments away from true illumination. The night waits and the fun begins.
Each painting revolves around a theater setting, a play about to be performed, backgrounds for serious story telling, views from the past and maybe a dream or two.
The setting is often as the sun goes down, or the cool eve ending in dawn's light.
Whether you are staring at an image of one of Birgit's series paintings, 'Houses of Correction,' or drifting down a calm river where you happen upon flooded scenery or traveling up the waterway
to the city and its building's tipping in animated pleasure, you can still feel the darkness. A luscious blackness.
Everything casts a shadow, even if the day light has just tipped over the horizon. A story is to be told in every one of Birgit Zartl's paintings. Each impacting the next vision. Each a tale of exquisite