400 Thousand Generations, 2009. Mixed media, including steel, fibreglass, acrylic polymer, water and salt.
The Bristol-based German artist Mariele Neudecker frequently engages with the notion of the monumental and the Sublime. Echoes of the dramatic landscapes of the nineteenth-century German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich, her fragile, constructed realities exist within ‘tanks’, as if they were preserved in stasis, as museum objects, despite the fact that they are slowly but constantly changing. The chemicals in which these landscapes are suspended give them a clarity and a sense of the hyper-real that are at odds with the fantastical worlds represented. The work’s title refers to the number of generations it took for photosensitive tissue to evolve into the human eye.