Inspired by the evidence of natural forces on rocks, walls and wood, Dorte Boe creates patinas in the deeply worked surfaces of her paintings. Just as the erosion of wind and rain on plaster, wood, and paint represent time’s passage, her paintings are meditations on history and its long arc of change.
Boe creates her lively textures by directly engaging with her raw materials. In lieu of traditional brushwork, she applies paint, oil and cold wax with soft rollers and even more directly with her hands. Sand, ash, earth and pigment may be added. A branch or knife is used to scrape and dent. As the work progresses, layers and crevices appear, then recede, like rust or lichen; stress and wear marks evolve.
Such subtle, irregular surfaces come from Boe’s close observation of the effects of the eternal and elemental actions of sun and atmosphere. These are her best guides to creative vision. The rich surface detail of her paintings is a closely observed commentary on the inexorable agents of nature, breaking down subtly but irregularly whatever objects come into its path.
Ultimately, the subject of Dorte Boe’s work is a kind of natural history itself. She emulates nature’s accretions and residue and thereby reveals the tracings of invisible actions. In creating such painted pieces, the artist is both creator and destroyer: herself a force of nature.
As an emerging artist, Dorte Boe continues to broaden her experience and creatively engage with other painters through travel and study. She was born in 1962, in Kolding, Denmark, and currently lives in Humlebaek, Denmark.
Serena Barton, Italy (2017)
Rebecca Crowell, New Zealand (2017)
Rebecca Crowell, Ireland (2013, 2014)
Bettina Winther, Spain (2012, 2014)
Rie Broedsgaard, Denmark (2011)
Ulla Storm, Denmark (2011, 2012)
Mette Glassy, Denmark (2010)
Art Nordic. Art fair | april 2018
Kunst for Alle. Art fair | okt 2017
Helsingør Kunstgalleri, Group exibition | sept 2017
Danhostel Fredensborg | aug-nov 2017
Gallery Kunstpunkt, Augustenborg, Denmark, Juried exhibition | dec 2016 – jan 2017
Fredensborg Art Society, group exhibition | 2016
Galleri FNYK | 2016
Stiwdio Maelor, Wales | 2016
Mail Art Exhibition, Frigiliana, Spain | 2015
Gallery Undervaerket, Group Exhibition | 2015
Fredensborg Art Society, Group Exhibtion | 2015
Sosebee Studios, Nantucket | 2015
“Nostalgia”, Hotel Comwell, Denmark | 2014
Private collections in Luxembourg | Sydney, Australia | Nantucket, US | Denmark
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