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Article from the magazine "Kunst Aktuell" (Modern Arts)
06 / 1998



Essen - In the context of the image of woman, about women, by women, lt becomes evident in contemporary arts, how radically the artistic points of view had to be changed by female influence. The motivations towards the image, towards inspiration and sensuality, but also aesthetics and beauty are extended by the female component.


ARTHEALING

Before you can deal with the pictures of Gudrun Weerasinghe, and you are caught by their atmosphere, you should learn about the artist. Her pictures are substrates of her life, thus, these works can also be considered as an inseparable part of her own story of creation. Gudrun Weerasinghe is one of the phenomena of the present time, through which the anthroposophy experiences a revival.

In Steiner‘s world view, the faith in the supernatural and the meditative experience resulting thereof, interweave with a renewal of the holistic condition of the individual. Known artists like Kandinsky, Maryon, Lauer and Beuys worked in the sense of this theory and created epochal works.
The life of Gudrun Weerasinghe, comprises slightly more than four decades. We learn that she walked ,,many ways" in order to gain experience and to find answers to the primary question of the meaning of life.

In Liberia, in the heart of Africa, she taught and became familiar with the culture, customs and myths of the people there, as she did later on the Asiatic continent in Sn Lanka. A result of that, visible for others, is her respect for all life, which drives her to be a vegetarian and vehemently support to the tortured, abused and oppressed.
Simultaneously, the elements of style pictures of Gudrun Weerasinghe are transformed from superficial reflection into today‘s ARTHEALING, as she calls it. Because pictures receive a nature when they are created, they comprise metaphysical vibrations, that can exert an effect upon the viewer, influence his or her mood, and alleviate it.
With her gift, Weerasinghe bases an the tradition of early history art in Europe, from a time when the word art signified according to the indo-germical language root erkennen (recognize), wissen (know), and from which, in the Middle High German the words kunnen, können, können (can) and künden (tell) developed.

Based on the ethymological term of art, her method of creating pictures, becomes understandable. Gudrun Weerasinghe implants more than just colors and shapes in her pictures. Fragments, collages made of the most varied materials, crystals and metals emerge, and result in an overall work for material and extrasensory perception.

Autor: Prof. Axel-Alexander Ziese

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