Garden of Beasts.
I do not know whether I can write about landscape in general, but I can write about the Tiergarten. It´s like being inside a story. I discovered it in autumn one day on my way home; I wanted to take a short-cut because it was getting dark. What colour, what voluptuosness, what simplicity and what complexity, all at the same time.
Whe I ride my bicycle through the Tiergarten, I feel like the girl I once was, yet whom I had forgotten. The lanscape reminds me of those childhood emotions resembling plentitude and happinesss. It is difficult to describe the intense excitement this park makes me feel. Sometimes it is transformed into a forest and sometimes into a garden. It is an exaltation of nature as opposed to reason.
It took me a few days to realise that the whole thing had been contrived. It was a setting that another had designed to provoke all those moods in the spectator: surprise, mystery, fascination, joy, sadness… This was what really got me hooked. I do not know whom I am more in love with, the park or its creator. The creator of this project was Peter Joseph Lenné, in the early 19th century.
When looking at this utterly moving landscape, I often wonder whether anything matters at all. By any chance, can we explain the ecstasy of contemplation, the pleasure of looking? Sometimes we must set aside our eagerness to place meaning on everything we experience an let ourselves be carried away by its sensuality and delight. Sometimes an excess of sensory input can sacrifice the intrinsic beauty of things.
Thos landscape embodies some of the characteristics that run throughout my work as an artist, such as the paradoxes and contradictions between the wild and the civilised, between animal and human, between words and pictures, and between what can and cannot be said.
Tiergarten is a romantic garden, and German besides. It is a timeless landscape, a place in which to look and feel… and afterwards, to reflect.