Eva Wolf-Schliesser always has her drawing block and pencil on her when it comes to capturing interesting subjects, architectural details and people. Her gaze is not blinkered and she leaves in her wake numerous drawings documenting her interest in a wide variety of subjects. The depiction of people in her oeuvre is another central motif. She usually portrays people in a sketch, connecting them with a social theme or a fantastic pictorial world.

In the painting “Die Sinnende” (The Pensive One, 1990s), the portrayed woman turns an expressive gaze towards the viewer. Her hand rests lightly on her chin and she is gazing pensively into the distance. Her head is surrounded by a head covering that appears to interweave with the natural background of the depiction. Lines strongly reminiscent of hop poles and wires form the background design.

They seem to be interconnected like a woven carpet with warp and weft. The head emerges from, or recedes into, the dynamic network of lines in expressive colours – as if the woman as a divine creation had been sucked in by nature – or, conversely, as if she had been drawn out of it.

This is followed by another level of interpretation: In the world of hops in Hallertau, the living and working together of man and nature is in balance. This interpretation is symbolically supported by the use of expressive and complementary colours, which lend the subject an intense, harmonious glow.

Text: Lena Berkler, M. A.