Stefan Brüggemann M
Solo Eroded Paintings Miami USA 2021
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Eroded Paintings

This new series originates in the poem wrote by Stefan Brüggemann:
Eroded language
Eroded meaning
Eroded speech
Eroded landscape
Eroded mental landscape

Eroded Paintings draws on the natural phenomena of sedimentation and erosion to explore environmental and semiotic pollution. Just as the endless accumulation of carbon, plastic and industrial waste in our environment threatens our long-term survival, so too the endless accumulation of alarmist headlines, political slogans and party propaganda in our discourse erodes our sense of reality. These processes do not just mirror each other. They are linked. The increasing confusion between scientific understanding and folk narratives exemplifies our highly degraded semiotic landscape and the difficulty of tackling environmental pollution when our discourse is itself polluted.

The paintings are a series of marble slabs, each engraved with Brüggemann’s poem, ‘Eroded Language’. These slabs are then spray painted with the day’s headlines on the subject of climate change, in a process of sedimentation and layering that both obscures and reveals the meaning of our present climate. Marble, formed through a process of sedimentation, is also always subject to the almost invisible process of erosion. The stone appears to be static but we know that to be false. It is always in motion, undergoing a very gradual process of transformation that is not so much destructive as it is a process of becoming. This vitality lurking in that which is often thought to be the epitome of inertia, stone, alerts us to the agency of that larger mass of stone and earth underfoot. The geological pace of change that we have been used to is giving way to an accelerated reality as our planet begins to change before our very eyes.