Most of my paintings are abstract. Abstract paintings are non-figurative art, where shapes and figures do not represent anything in particular. In abstract painting, farrows and shapes objects but instead use shapes and colours to create effects. Some of the most famous abstract artists are Wassily Kadinsky, Hilma Af Klint, Piet Mondrain, Sonya Delaunay and Jackson Pollock.

Abstract painting by Rikke Darling

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Jackson Pollock was a central figure in abstract expressionism with his action painting. He examined how paint reacted on the canvas and let the painting technique tell the story he wanted to show the story.

This is also the starting point for my paintings. I let the materials work. Letting water move the paint in beautiful flows as it dries in, and working further with the poetic forms that "nature" creates. My technique creates part of the abstract expression by the paint working, separating, and flowing. However, unlike Pollock, I always rework my shapes and paint some tightness into the narrative. I want to create a human layer over the natural - a kind of human control that leads the viewer into the narrative. 

In a way, you could say that my paintings are not entirely abstract. I start from the abstract expression, but several of my forms represent something. However, I only use shapes, which can be many things. For example, a branch can be the same flow as your veins branch inside your body, a tree branches or how a river branches into smaller rivers. A common feature of branching is that it follows a natural law of how to move energy out to a larger area. However, how we perceive the branching may depend on what colour it is or what appears next to it. Our brains will always try to make a shape look like something. That's why in abstract paintings you'll often see a lot of recognisable shapes. 



Hilma af Klint is also a great inspiration for me. She was an abstract pioneer, spiritually linking inner experience and symbolic language in her art. Her systematic paintings are visual representations of complex philosophical ideas. She did away with visible reality and developed an abstract visual language. Hilma af Klint's works are not only about pure abstraction, but about depicting the invisible. 

This desire to tell something philosophical with the abstract painting, I also have in my art. In my abstract works I want to create a narrative and the coherence of nature. A story about man in nature - and nature in man. It's a story about how we humans are nature. That we are part of something bigger, part of an extremely complex pattern that can however be broken down to a few basic forms from which everything is made. 


Abstract paintings by Rikke Darling