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Extreme Heat

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Extreme Heat

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Angela Dierks

US$ 1,250

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2019

Artist pigments, acrylic, gold leaf, paper, wax pastels

Unique Work

Dimensions: 100cm (H) x 100cm (W) x 4.5cm (D) / 39.4" (H) x 39.4" (W) x 1.8" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

Artist Statement

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'I believe there is a change in weather'. (Donald Trump)

Extreme Heat is defined as a long period of high temperatures and humity, where the body has to work extra hard to maintain its normal temperatures. Incidences of extreme heat are on the rise, frequently resulting in the highest number weather related deaths. In the United States for example about 600 deaths annually are due to extreme temperatures. Heatwaves across the globe are on the increase. A global temperature rise of 1.5 degrees celcius would take us into dangerous territority in many African countries, in particular in urban environments where heat is stored more intensely because of darker surfaces and less greenery. 354 major cities across the world already experience average summer temperatures over 35C, with a prediction of this number climbing to 970 by 2050. On days when temperatures reach 35C, a marked increase in hospital admissions and deaths occur in most countries.

This painting shows the rise in temperatures across the globe. Artist pigments, acrylic, finely dyed china paper, wax pastels and gold leaf have been build over many layers to create depth in the painting.

The canvas has been painted around the edges in a complementary colour. Hooks and cord are attached at the back - the painting is ready for hanging.

The painting comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Please note that the image of the painting in a home interior is for demonstration purposes only and not to scale. The canvas is unframed as yet.

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Artist Profile

Born: 1965

Hometown: Aachen, Germany

Based in: London

My background as an artist is somewhat unusual. I graduated from King's College London with a BA German and followed this with MSt in European Literature at St Cross College, University of Oxford, in 1992. My first love has always been the written word. Over the years I developed a strong interest in the world of therapy having studied psychoanalytic readings of texts as part of my MSt. I started studying for a Counselling degree and completed an MA Integrative Counselling in 2009 followed by further courses in the field of psychotherapy and counselling. Both literature and psychotherapy continue to inform my work as an artist. While I never formally studied art I had been exploring different forms of expression - beyond language - for several years. The world of therapy opened up an exploration of the unconcious processes that painting helped me to access. The other, most obvious, connection between the profession of therapist and artist is the preoccupation with emotions. In my therapeutic work I talk about emotions; in my art I aim to translate emotions into visual markers on canvas.

Much of my earlier and more recent work is influenced by my psychotherapy training; the pieces were concerned with memories and dreams peeling away at them layer by layer. The other, constant focus of inspiration for me is the natural world which I return to at regular intervals in my work. More recently I started to be more pre-occupied with the internal world again. As a child I was fascinated by maps, copying the contours of continents and colouring in the different countries. In my latest work I am returning to this childhood love by painting imaginary maps of external and internal worlds, taking us to places that are "not down on any map; true places never are.” (Herman Melville, Moby Dick)

Each of my pieces is unique and takes time develop. I aim to lend as much ‘feel’ to my paintings as possible, ‘controlling’ the painting as much as possible while also allowing for more spontaneity and risk by applying paint in a variety of ways: smudging, scraping, flicking, squeezing and rubbing paint onto the canvas, scratching paint off and re-starting the process.

My work has been sold to art collectors internationally with many returning customers.

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