mariehartmann

*Secrets Untold I Stories Unwritten*

Dear Friends, Art Lovers and Antwerpenaars,

Tim and I would like to cordially invite you to the upcoming exhibition *Secrets Untold I Stories Unwritten* at Café Viggo’s. The opening will take place on Friday, the 26th, 6-9 pm.

Not only will this be my first exhibition in Belgium, but as a Berlin-based creative I’m really happy to showcase my pieces at the Berlin-inspired Café Viggo’s. What a match!

As the title of the series tells, *Secrets Untold I Stories Unwritten* deals with thoughts that so far have remained untold. Key issues while writing and painting were for example: How deep lies a secret? How many layers of thoughts and memories do you have to dig up before you can share it? And how many layers of script and paint are necessary to tell and yet to disguise?

It plays with hiding and exposing thoughts 'off the record' that are first openly written out, pen on paper, for everyone to see. Yet through the crossing and intersecting of the lines, the naked text becomes eventually unreadable. Here, multi-layered handwriting tells and covers, shows and blurs at the same time. While the meaning of the script remains fixed on the paper, the letters, morphemes, words and sentences eventually transition into a camouflage pattern, which is hardly decodable by reading. Is this process ceasing the secret, or does its meaning remain within the transformed appearance?

Sharing my work with you and literally keeping it no longer secret will be a pleasure. So spread the word and hopefully see you soon,

Marie

Have a first glimpse here:
www.marie-hartmann.com/gallery/2018/