I ended my post on Ana Torfs in an elevated state of mind. Happy to have found an artist who can play with science in such a beautiful way. But that doesn’t mean that I understand her work as a being science. Rather she show us the freedom of art, which is different form science’s.


Ana Torfs: […] STAIN […] (2012) – installation view

This is how Ana Torfs talks about her own work:

Science may be a starting point for some of my installations, but the result has nothing to do with science. I don’t want to proof anything. Open works, layeredness, many perspectives, that’s important for me. In all my works I start from existing material, sometimes texts, sometimes images, sometimes both, and I shape them into new constellations, which sometimes takes a lot of time, like writing, but also like sculpting. I see my works as dense montages or collages, rebuses too. I prefer the world of fiction, the artificial, the construction and fabrication. When I worked on the colours, I was enchanted, like an alchemist, by the fact that they could make all the colours of the rainbow from black coal tar. it was of course Pandora’s box. Not only colours for dyeing cloths, but also colours at the basis of explosives etc.

Ana Torfs, 2013

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Sigrun,
    Thank you for bringing this to my attention…Ana is a fascinating artist. I am intrigued by the interplay of science and art, and thinking about the possibilities.

    1. Sigrun says:

      a life-giving interplay!

  2. KM Huber says:

    Thanks for bringing Torfs to my attention. Of course, what I respond to is all is as is and no proof required. I find that comforting.

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