In her paintings, collages and drawings Corinne von Lebusa shows herself to be very broad minded. With her subjective mysticism she creates for us the wonderful world of a private universe. The lightness and ephemerality of seemingly banal thoughts adroitly conceal the fractures in the ensemble. The artist’s pictures assign to us the role of a voyeur, as if we are looking at something illicit. The question arises of whether it is shameful: Is this something I could look at with my children? The answer derives from the jovial  nnocence that emanates from the images.

The eye is enticed into letting its gaze roam over the beauty of her pleasingly composed arrangements and the attractive brightness of the pictures. It wanders here and there, delighting in the painter’s wonderfully light-hearted thoughts. The heart opens up in response to the evident joyfulness and the buoyant affirmation of eros and sensuality in dealing with the opposite sex, i.e. in relationships between men and women which have a naturalness that we probably all wish we could achieve. The tenderness and affection that we encounter in Corinne von Lebusa’s works encourage us to view all too human situations in a more light-hearted and convivial way. As it slowly glides over the surface of the image, the eye suddenly comes to rest. In the corner of the eye a small ridge rises up and is painful. A missing nose, red tears, a face consisting only of eyes, black skin or a perfect breast half whitewashed over. Brightness, vibrancy and liveliness are counteracted by darknesses and confusions of form, lending the works of Corinne von Lebusa an astonishing profundity. Detached limbs and peculiar accidents baffle us; they make us search for a response to a message. Is it necessary to find an answer to everything, or shall we allow ourselves to become infected by the weightlessness of her pictures? The artist leaves it to us to decide.

Loy, Rosa. "What I see, The Other sees." Ed. Ostedeutsche Sparkassenstiftung. Corinne von Lebusa. Was ich seh sieht das Andere. Dresden: Sandstein Verlag,2014.

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