Silke Otto-Knapp "Moontrail (Trio A)", 2010 watercolorand gouache on canvas 140 x160cm

Silke Otto-Knapp (b. 1970, Osnabrück, Germany) is a painter who works in the medium of watercolor on canvas. Otto-Knapp produces landscape paintings as well as paintings based on historical documentations of stage design and performance. Unlike traditional watercolorists, Otto-Knapp applies layers of watercolor that are washed down and then applied anew. These countless coats produce the coexistence of conflicting concepts of space – surface and depth, contour and corporeality, distance and closeness, reality and figurativeness – which give rise to a tension between the motif and the picture surface. Otto-Knapp’s recent solo museum exhibitions include Museo Marino Marini, Florence; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Camden Art Center, London (all 2014); and Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2013).

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