Siri Bjerkecpainter and sculptress
Photo by John Harbo
Siri Bjerke and the creative poetry of colours
(Fragment from the catalogue for the exhibtion G2, Hamburg)
The passion of the brush’s stroke, colour surging up, a figure resting, then freeing itself, surface still untouched, then coming into movement, composition as confrontation, as liberation of creative tension – with Siri Bjerke’s paintings we are meeting a primary happening.
The word poetry derives from the Greek word poiesis and bears the notion of primary creation in it. Siri Bjerke creates a world with the brush, leads figuration and abstraction into a clash, ignites spheres of intensity which are difficult to escape from.
The leading momentum in this process corresponds to something Siri Bjerke has called the self-will of stones when talking about her sculptures of granite, marble and lime stone: her stone horses, stone elks and fairy bridges. In relation to her paintings we can likewise talk about the self-will of colours.
But while Siri Bjerke’s stone sculptures, smoothly tamed in their primeval force, wait to be ridden towards a silent world of their own or to be stepped on, a bridge into the unknown, the colours of her paintings seem to dance. They grasp the viewer passionately, enveil him, intoxicate him, sweep him away with them – whereto?!
- Annette Vonberg