10.09.2022 – 05.11.2022
The variety of materials, sometimes sharp and contrasting, sometimes overlapping and complementing, ranges from silk to polyester, from leather to faux fur and latex, to shiny sequins and faded cotton. Floral ornaments are combined with yellowed foxing, and ruffled taffeta billows are placed next to wrinkled, stiff plastic. Not only do the materials themselves evoke certain associations and memories, but they arise precisely in their specific combination with each other.
Whereas Virnich has so far drawn on her growing fund of textiles from a wide variety of sources, painterly elements now appear for the first time, applied by the artist with oil pastels onto the textiles. All of a sudden, the already existing patterns and motifs on the fabrics are interacting with the expressive, impasto paintings from the artist’s hand. Like the remnants of a dream that still presses against the head long after one has woken up, the paintings press against the stretched fabrics. As if the artist had traced the brain shortly after waking up, capturing a fading image. Sometimes the painting expands on the surface in clear shapes, like the delicate drawing of yellow lemons on a light background, sometimes a single tendril of flowers appears, seemingly isolated behind a layer of green, transparent plastic.