Eileen O'Rourke

Eileen O'Rourke lives and works in Germany. She began her career in graphic design, where her affinity for paper and graphite developed. At the beginning of her artistic work, Eileen O'Rourke initially devoted herself to representational painting and drawing. The technique of monotype later gave her the opportunity to combine graphic lines with the expression of painting. During the period of isolation, the need for detachment and freedom arose. After years of traveling and working all over the world, Eileen O'Rourke now seeks freedom primarily in her own work. "As a human being, I regularly question my inner boundaries created by upbringing, culture and experience. In art, I ask very similar questions.... I need to feel this inner freedom, only then can I work." (E.O.) In the course of this exploration, she developed the technique for the current series, Hadaikum. "The images come closest to an idea of liquid magma in which future islands, valleys, mountains begin to form. But it must be clear that what is actually depicted is the essence of being human, the human condition, which is naturally incorporeal and resists all depiction. This essence of being human in the infinity of the world is what Eileen O'Rourke is concerned with." (Josef Wittmann)

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