"No matter what direction or approach I take, these pictoral devices and philosophical leanings are always infused in my sensibility - that, and being raised on the edge of the prairie, acts upon me as a sense of my place in the landscape." -Pauline Ziegen A longtime fan of Eastern philosophies, Pauline Ziegen is drawn to the perceptual elements and materials of Chinese and Japanese art. “I love the way the artists convey the illusion of space using minimalist drawing techniques, and I find the gold leaf in Japanese folding screens both traditional and austerely modern.” Ziegen’s innate sense of harmony and balance results in horizons that are soothing, calm, and orderly.
To keep them from being too static, she introduces subtle yet energizing lines that breaks her impeccable surfaces with small “dots.” The paintings are oil, gold leaf and marble dust (gesso) on panel with a 2.5” depth. There are probably about 15 -20 layers, starting with the numerous layers of gesso, then red clay, gilding, paint and glazes. The lines become provocateurs that grab the eye asking it to bridge opposites: the upper and lower registers, heaven and earth, the inner and outer worlds, being and non-being, and perhaps just as importantly, the landscape as perception and painted object. "No matter what direction or approach I take, these pictoral devices and philosophical leanings are always infused in my sensibility - that, and being raised on the edge of the prairie, acts upon me as a sense of my place in the landscape."