Reckless virtuosity revealed through painted mirror images
Marit Skyer’s art has a rare visual strength that arrests and intrigues the viewer. The freshness, the element of surprise in her unfettered compositions, are characterised by subtle strokes and surfaces with arresting colour contrasts and mirrored texts, akin to the techniques and expressive modes of street art.
The artist’s pictorial world tears down conventions concerning ugliness and beauty. The somewhat fragmentally painted human forms, animals, plants and other objects step out from the canvas surface. This effect is achieved with clearly delineating lines and spontaneous brush strokes with powerful colour contrasts. This undisguisedly direct form of expression also signals underlying meaning in Marit Skyer’s artwork – the invisible, the inexpressible, the naked, the vulnerable, the inner life as opposed to the outer façade. The artist leaves deep impressions upon us that remain – yes, literally painted with mirror-image text types that seduce the observer backwards into her “visualised experience”, which the viewer becomes a part of.
Marit Skyer is adept at colour tone selection, from delicate pastels to virtually screaming fluorescent colours, and well over fifty nuances of white, grey and black. Through the colours, a picture-universe emerges that is saturated with seriousness, understated irony and quiet, touching humour.
As a painter, Marit stands just to one side of mainstream artists, with their more conformist artistic expressions. She dares to be ground-breaking and challenging in both form and content.