Pictorial skills out of tones
Giving a form to a sound might not be a novel rarity. New is the compound achieved by means of two facets of an artist that goes deep into her being to present pictorial proposals that do pose an artistic alternative to a hybrid of abstract and figurative artworks.
While studying painting in his home city of Copenhagen, Cecilie Beck was always accompanied by her passion for making music. After graduating at the Danish Academy of Fine arts, Cecilie Beck eventually merged at some point her auditive and visual works. A musician that always tried to keep separated these two facets was then serious about taking in her own hand what she wanted to uniquely make out of them.
In her case, Beck achieved an artistic harmonic unity. “I started to merge my auditive work with my visual work. I always played the piano since I was 7 years old, and I kept music and visual very separated,” Beck explains. But she felt the need to work more interactively with both visual and music arts. As a matter of fact, the Danish artist has been working on an special series of visual works called Tones alluding to music experiences, a reflection of Beck´s meditative approach.
Cecilie Beck´s paintings emerge from intuitive acts of drawing that also show the Artist´s versatile pictorial skills. “These are a visual expression of my meditation practice, repeating a tone while I draw, an internal tone inside of my mind that I reflect on my painting. It comes out in patterns on paper,” Beck clearly explains. The inclusion of music lyrics has always been part of Cecilie Beck´s visual works.
The Dane goes even further by resorting to meditation processes as an excuse to paint.
For the observer, the attraction remains the result, the painting regardless the process that the creator had gone through. Far more interesting erupts the compound of visual proposals depicting abstract forms in light colours that make one run their imagination.
The paintings urge the observe to dig deep in playing with his state of mind and, above all, dealing seriously with the presented proposal. “I´m looking in instead of looking out. When I´m disturbed, upset with news, society, etc, I thought It would be better to create alternatives instead of reacting or overreacting, or over exaggerate. For instance, I believe that one of the reasons whyTrump was elected was because people was so upset and shocked by his behaviour that he got a lot of publicity, people talked a lot about him, a lot exposure in the media. The exposure came to his benefit and he moved forward. I´m convinced that, if you do activism, you are working with something that you are often against, you are very often reacting to something and commenting on it with your artwork. I realise that I better be less emotionally attached and create the peace inside of me that I want to see in the world and project it on my artwork,” Beck reveals.
The repetition of the tones on paper created more organic and less figurative looking artworks. “It is not improvisation. It is more going with the flow. So I´m repeating these circles on paper, putting them next to each other, mold out in different shapes,” Beck describes. It was actually an experiment that the artist did in order to see how her personal visualisation of the tone would look like in form of circles and positions on the paper. It turned out to be artworks that invite the observe to share the visual experience, an honour for every artist moved by that very act.
The motives respond to a very personal approach of the artist. Cecilie Beck prefers to look inside for inspiration instead of trying to find external motives. She seems to be following Nikola Tesla´s words that If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration. Her visual pictorial proposal makes its own statement though.
By Vincent Echenique