installation with woodblock print and watercolour, detail right
Derek Szteliga's work combines woodblock printing and watercolour painting
to explore the fault-lines between traditional forms, symbols and techniques.
"I’m interested in the stories of people- our history- and our collective
choices and visions. In my paintings, I use symbols, images and metaphors to
express my thoughts and feelings about our trust and hope in the visions of
Koenigin comes from the title of the Titanic, the ”Queen of the
Seas”( “Koenigin der Meere”) and represents
for me an example in our history, of mankind’s attempt to control
the natural order, to exert it’s power over the sea. The Titanic,
the “unsinkable” ship, sank on her first journey and sadly,
most of the people did not survive. As this representative attempt towards
glory and prestige was swallowed into the depths and, as the remains
lie yet on the ocean’s floor, there rises currently the next zealous,
devoted enterprise to create the world’s largest cruise liner."
Courtesy of the Weissenseer Freitag Gallery, Berlin, Germany