Currently, I’m interested in how objects and actions create a physical narrative able to speak to ideas of both power and self. Perception of what something is and how it might have been made, creates the fundamental structure guiding my work. The goal is to present a situation the viewer can engage and unpack in a way that changes how objects are understood.
I try to present things very simply and directly, favoring simple forms able to express themselves fundamentally. Most of my current works are wood or metal mesh structures supporting multiple layers of acrylic paint or silicone rubber. The completed object is then disrupted with a direct action, such as cutting, bending, drilling or hinging. I leave this list of materials and actions in plain sight, generating the physical narrative able to retain traces of intent, morality, and sex.
Presenting my objects emphasize self-evaluation common to the creative process. Questions raise more questions, sometimes within the work, but more commonly in how I relate to the work I make. Hyper selfawareness tends to expose imperfections. It is these imperfections and surrounding idiosyncrasies that I work against, but accept as part of the process. Perfection is boring. It is the abundance of flaws that I seek to engage.
Isabella Sedeka is a Berlin based artist who studied in Milan, Venice, Hamburg and Berlin. On her canvases she allows up to 25 wafer-thin layers of oxidizing metals and acrylic to react with each other indefinitely. This enables the viewer to perceive the same picture differently depending on the angle of view and the incidence of light.
With every color and oxidized layering, Sedeka creates disturbing partial spheres, which in the course of her working process becomes a harmonious whole in the involuntary play of light. The technically or chemically induced irritation is accepted on the one hand as a conscious loss of control, but then deliberately integrated into the overall work along the process of targeted further processing.
In the colored areas, depths open up, fog begins to wane and fleeing gestures break through the edges of the canvas. The gaze through the countless layers of paint gropes and dives for hold. But even here, depths and notions of space open up, challenging intuition between sheer vastness and atmospheric vibrations: Galaxies, underwater world or microcosm? Weightlessness, melancholy or leisure? Or everything at the same time? The imagination breaks through the surface and infinite possibilities open up.
Like worn divas, Sedeka’s works seduce us and keep us at a distance at the same time, dancing between poetry and prose, glamour and trash, dirt and beauty.