Thea Natalia Mantwill
Thea Mantwill describes ambiences and bygone feelings in her installations. When the viewer enters the room, he may have the feeling of being in an over- or wrongly exposed colour film. Her works tell more about the perception of colours and moods than defining them as pure installations. They are accessible photographic images that take the viewer into a strange, dream-like world. Her spatial installations offer a refuge – a mythical dream world in our mechanized, digitized reality -, they are a gem for the visitor.
In the Weltkunstzimmer, together with Dries Lips and Swinda Oelke, she creates a room installation with living algae. The work combines several elements, which are based on the sensitivity of and interaction with nature. The algae are exposed to an artificial circadian rhythm; they glow at night during movement or impact. The water enriched with the algae drips onto a mirror and throws a geometric reflection onto Mantwill’s wall drawing. Mantwill’s wall drawings are applied with algae and chalk. The wavy pattern shown is lively, almost cheerful and contrasts well with the otherwise darkened area. Colourful figures appear in the waves – they evoke images of a pink octopus or small turquoise people jumping in the waves.
The exact depiction and definition of what is shown in the drawing is again not of prime importance. Mantwill mainly wants to evoke a feeling.
The two contributions by Dries Lips and Swinda Oelke complete the picture through the installation in the mysterious dark room. All three are unified by the observing and scientific viewpoint and the enthusiasm for the magic of the moment.
© Bärbel Möllmann