Most of my paintings are abstract. Abstract paintings are non-figurative art, where shapes and figures do not represent anything specific. In abstract painting, the colors and shapes do not represent specific objects, but instead shapes and colors are used to create effects. Some of the best known abstract artists are Wassily Kadinsky, Hilma Af Klint, Piet Mondrain, Sonya Delaunay and Jackson Pollock.

Abstract painting by Rikke Darling

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Jackson Pollock was a central figure in abstract expressionism with his action painting. He studied how the paint reacted to the canvas and let the painting technique tell the story he wanted to show.

This is also the starting point that I have in my paintings. I let the materials work. Lets water move the paint in beautiful flows that dry in, and continues to work with the poetic forms that "nature" creates. My technique creates part of the abstract expression by the paint working, separating and flowing out. Unlike Pollock, however, I always rework my forms and paint some tightness into the narrative. I want to create a human layer over the natural - a form of human control that leads the viewer into the story.

In a way, you can say that my paintings are not completely abstract. I start from the abstract expression, but several of my forms represent something. However, I only use forms that can be many things. For example, a branch can be the same flow as your blood vessels branch inside the body, a tree branches or how a river branches into smaller rivers. Common to a branching is that it follows a natural law for how to move energy out to a larger area. However, how we perceive the branching may depend on what color it is or what appears next to it. Our brains will always seek to make a shape look like something. Therefore, in abstract paintings you will often be able to see a lot of recognizable shapes.



Hilma af Klint is also a great inspiration for me. She was an abstract pioneering pioneer, where she spiritually linked inner experience and symbolic language in her art. Her systematic paintings are visual representations of complex philosophical ideas. She did away with visible reality and developed an abstract imagery. Hilma af Klint's works are not only about pure abstraction, but about representing the invisible.

I also have this desire to tell something philosophical with the abstract painting in my art. In my abstract works, I want to create a story and the coherence of nature. A story about man in nature - and nature in man. It is a story about us humans being nature. That we are part of something bigger, part of an extremely complex pattern which can however be broken down into a few basic forms from which everything is created.


Abstract paintings by Rikke Darling