Werner Popken on art and more

January 26, 2007


Filed under: Art,Culture,Kultur,Kunst,Leben,Life,Malerei,Painting,Personal,Thoughts — Werner Popken @ 3:50 pm

Cutout from No. › 242 (private property) · © Copyright Werner Popken · © Copyright Werner Stürenburg

Cutout from No.  242 (private property)

It has been a couple of days now since my last entry. The reason for the delay is that I changed plans. Writing in either English or German most probably won’t please anybody.

That’s why I will continue to write in both languages and then translate the text into the other language immediately. In the meantime, I built the mechanism for switching between languages (© Copyright Werner Popken · © Copyright Werner Stürenburg © Copyright Werner Popken · © Copyright Werner Stürenburg).

Until then, you may help yourself with a machine translation (Google / Systran). Well, strictly speaking it is not correct to call this a translation; the results are rather funny as a rule, but it may help because you don’t have to look up the words one by one. Personally, I found that even that doesn’t work because the machines frequently choose the wrong words. Rather, I use » Leo. That works like a breeze with an appropriate macro.

The reflection of today is entitled “cactus” as this figure reminds me of some plant creature, the plant being a » succulent. This figure emerges from the  mask looked at the last time in most same way than the  Indian warrior relates to the  Longear. It is situated right next to the  green head I began this series with and to the left of the “Indian warrior”. One eye of the green head is given at left.

Concentrating on this section, it is obvious how the green and yellow color of the big head to the left is used as well as the yellow of the hat of the mask — the red color relates these two figures to the feather decoration of the “Buddha” – this observation is made after the fact, I’m sure to not having been conscious of this during the act of painting.

Again, the figure is mostly head; the herbal parts could be read as rudimentary arms and breasts giving the figure a female character. Indeed, the person seems to be rather female than male, showing a very determined and energy charged expression nevertheless, in no way distressed – rather plagued by angst.

The tuft seems to hang down to the forehead, having the character of a feather cluster. The proportions of the herbal parts seem to be correct, taking it as a plant, but mutilated with respect to the person, as if it were a munchkin, somehow malformed. By this and the energy the person emanates, the figure looks in some way elfish. Not only that the body looks like a plant but gives the notion of a body as well, the head is not all head but plant, too, as it doesn’t feature ears. The wisp may denote a flower, and in English, this word associates “will-o-wisp”, but we don’t have that in German.

It also pockets so as to embrace the observer to the events, to take him along to this peculiar party. The person seems to be aware of the other figures, in particular of the green head, and to feel well in their presence. In contrast to the rather contemplative mood of the “Buddha”, this figure looks dynamic and sweeping, targeted to the outside, busy, even impatient, so as if something should happen urgently or somebody should act, move, accomplish something.


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