PLEASURE PLANTS

pleasureplants

Bettina Semmer / Najdat Rustom

Pflanzen, die heilen, würzen und Vergnügen bereiten

Im Rahmen von Pleasure Ground, einem Projekt von Neues Atelierhaus Panzerhalle, 2016

Save the Date: 27. November 2016: Pleasure Ground – Aktionen im winterlichen Garten    http://pleasure-grounds.tumblr.com/post/151746207227/bettina-semmer-najdat-rustom-pleasure-plants

Plants that heal, season and please.

With the framework of Pleasure Ground, an project by Neues Atelierhaus Panzerhalle, curated by Petra Stegmann

 

pleasure-plants_semmer

pg_bs_pflanzenmeditation
Meditation on being a plant, Aktion Pleasure Ground, Juli 2016
pp_namen
Two authors, two languages: Pleasure Plants in Arabic and “German”

pp_schilder

Pleasure Plants – with Najdat Rustom (Pleasure Ground project by Neues Atelierhaus Panzerhalle)

pleasure-plants
Pleasure Plants – plant signs in Arabic from the side of the new neighbours (Pleasure Ground project by Neues Atelierhaus Panzerhalle)
pp_sowing-seeds
Pleasure Plants – sowing seeds (Pleasure Ground project by Neues Atelierhaus Panzerhalle)

 

SLAVES and SAINTS

IMG_9267

A group of new work at Fort Sagres, Portugal, within the exhibition „Peregrinacao – a partir de las Paneis de Sao Vicente/Pilgrimage – from the Panels of San Vicente“

This piece is dedicated to Emile Akakbo from Togo, who made for me a beautiful crow mask, and all the artists around the world.

My gratitude to Drury Brennan, based in Berlin, who travelled to Sagres with us and made the beautiful calligraphy; to Babette Semmer assisting in the making, and Fico Artista who helped and performed the crow dance.

PDF_Slaves and Saints

IMG_1620
Indigo Saints (installation)
IMG_1630
Indigo Saints (installation); canvas painted with real indigo, part of the colonial exploits from overseas
For those who went round the mark stone of shame
IMG_1414
First participant in “Pilgrimage to Nowhere – 12 minutes a Slave”
IMG_1416
Handing over the certificate for taking part in “Pilgrimage to Nowhere – 12 minutes a Slave”
IMG_1654
Performing “The Shrowd of Saint Vincent covering the mark stone of shame”
Covering the Mark Stone of Shame with the shrowd of St. Vincent
“12 MInutes a Slave – A Pilgrimage to Nowhere” Opening ceremonial march
IMG_9308
Performance with Fico Artista and Bettina Semmer, shrowd covering mark stone
IMG_1478
Shrowds (installation); human body prints on canvas
IMG_1494
Scriptures and Saint Vincent’s shrowd (installation at church de Dama de Graca, Fort Sagres); calligraphic works by Drury Peregrin Brennan; text by Jacinto
IMG_1659
Jacinto Palma Dias after signing the calligraphy
Drury Brennan – Calligraphy:  “I know not what tomorrow will bring” (Pessoa)

 

IMG_1580
Planting seed mines for peace in a circle. In the back, the church containing the scriptures
IMG_1475
Indigo eye (centre of the secret circle of seeds)
IMG_9208
stranded Indigo Saints (pre-installation)
IMG_1616
Indigo Saints (pre-installation)

paintings 2015 – 2016

Five senses, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 290 x 190 cm
donuts and a yogi, 2016, acrylics on canvas, 210 x 200 cm
spiral and two circles, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 210 x 210 cm
a whirl and a wind, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 210 x 210 cm
redgreen_veil
redgreen_veil, 200 x 300 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

multiple hearts, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 300 cm
I am one and I want to be many, 200 x 300 cm, acrylic and chalk on canvas, 2016

 

Rajasthan file 1, 210 x 200 cm, oil on canvas 2016
These paintings are reflections of my recent research into body, mind, spirit and sacred traditions.
Ranging from prints of my own body to chaos-driven expressions, they also include images that I find in Indian and other traditional imagery of divinity. I do not wish to install hierarchies and favour one approach over the other. On the contrary, the aspects filter into one another, freeing me to form a new tradition of the „free fall“, parallel to abstract expressionism but less dogmatic. At the centre, one could detect a „truth of the present moment“ idea, that if one is totally present and free of conventional thinking, colour and shape will manifest themselves immediately due to an immediate necessity. This requires a frequent process of tying the work back to the body be it through hands and feet that touch the canvas, printing the body as a whole, or through knowledge and experience. Titled “In Pursuit of Chaos and Light”, these paintings are a continuation of the „Body, Gender, Fluidity“ series of earlier years.
bones of a woman, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 160 cm
blcak sun, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 210 x 210 cm
bowing to each other, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 200 cm

 

chinnamasta
Chinnamasta, 220 x 200 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2015
8-Breasted-Jesus_w
Eight breasted Jesus, 210 x 155 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2016
Kali-w
A blue Goddess in the night, 210 x 175 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2016

 

2014 /15: décollage paintings

heilige_mutter_weg_da2015
Heilige Mutter weg-da, 210 x 155 cm, oil on canvas, 2015
Erde im Chaos, 2014, oil on canvas, 150 x 160cm
Defining good and bad, 2014, oil on canvas, 150 x 105 cm
Travelling, 2014, oil on canvas, 210 x 150cm,
Traveling, 2014, oil on canvas, 210 x 150cm
king king country, 2014, oil on canvas, 95 x 95 cm
vicious_cycle
Vicious Cycle, 155 x 210 cm, oil on canvas, 2016
hystericalhousewife
hystericalhousewife, 150 x 100 cm, oil on canvas, 2015
from-moskow-with-hysteria
From Moscow with Hysteria, 2015, oil on canvas, 155 x 100 cm
JibbyBeans
Jibby Bean, 2014, Oil on canvas, 210 x 150 cm

 

The cynicism of freedom, 2014, oil on canvas, 150 x 210 cm
The cynicism of freedom, 2014, oil on canvas, 150 x 210 cm
Caught red handed, 2014, oil on canvas, 200 x 155 cm
Caught red handed, 2014, oil on canvas, 200 x 155 cm
2014Stunninglefthook_200x175cm
A Stunning Left Hook, 2014, oil on canvas, 200x175cm
2014moderneMelancholias
Modern Melancholia, 2014, oil on canvas, 75x60cm
Drehung in China, 2014, oil on canvas, 90 x 70cm
Drehung in China, 2014, oil on canvas, 200 x 155cm
Schluss_mit_Mobben
Schluss mit Mobben und Dissen, 2014, Oil on canvas, 200x155cm

 

2010-14 Body, Gender, Fluidity

2010keuschheit
Chastity belt, or what you resist will persist, 2010, mixed media on canvas, 190 x 210cm
Handing the keys of yourself to a Black Hole, 2009, acrylics on canvas, 120x130cm
Handing the keys of yourself to a Black Hole, 2009, acrylics on canvas, 120x130cm
13. Geburtstag, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80cm
Girls at the age of 13, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80 cm (see also the Schlachtensee series)
monkey, 2013, oil on canvas, 90x95cm
monkey girl, 2013, oil on canvas, 90x95cm
Painting surgery, 2000, oil on canvas, 90x105 cm.
Painting surgery, 2000, oil on canvas, 90×105 cm.
another male, 2014, oil on canvas, 50 x 50cm
another typical male, 2014, oil on canvas, 50 x 50cm
a twist in nothing, 2014, oil on canvas, 80x80cm
a twist in nothing, 2014, oil on canvas, 80x80cm
a blackness inside, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 155 x 190 cm
a blackness inside, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 155 x 190 cm
origin of the world 2, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 100 cm
origin of the world, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 100 cm
down the waterfall in bondage, 2014, oil on canvas, 200 x 155 cm
witch’s probe, 2014, oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm
legging up, 2013, oil on canvas, 200 x 160 cm
Inside the mother and child womb, 2000, oil on canvas, 160 x 120 cm
Another world, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 220 x 190 cm
Another world, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 220 x 190 cm
Kreuzabnahme, 2007, oil and acrylic on canvas, 220 x 190 cm
Deposition, 2007, oil
2008Sanhugoenelrefectorio
Body brain, after Zurbarán, 2008, Watercolour on paper, 120×150 cm
large "abstract", 220x190cm, acrylic on canvas, 2010
large “abstract”, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 220 x190cm

 

o.T. 2006, acrylic on canvas, 160 x 120cm
o.T. 2006, acrylic on canvas, 160 x 120cm

 

1991-92 Assisted Painting Series

1992as_03
Untitled (B. with Spaghetti) from the Assisted Painting series), 1991, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
1992as03
Portrait of B., from the Assisted Painting series, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 210 x 210 cm
1992as_29
The Rule, from the Assisted Painting series, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
1992as_05
The Rukle, from the Assisted Painting series), 1991, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
1992as_06
The Cube Projection, from the Assisted Painting series), 1991, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
In the Picture of the Pot , from the Assisted Painting series), 1991, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
1992as_08
Of Course, from the Assisted Painting series), 1991, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
1992as_09_enhanced
Untitled (B. on the beach) from the Assisted Painting series), 1991, acrylic on canvas, 210 x 210 cm
1992as_10
Something boiling, from the Assisted Painting series), 1991, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
1992as_13
RED, from the Assisted Painting series), 1991, acrylic on canvas, 210 x 210 cm
1992as_15_enhanced
Untitled (abstract 1) from the Assisted Painting series), 1991, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
1992as_16_enhanced
Untitled (abstract 2) from the Assisted Painting series), 1991, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
1992as_17
Untitled (abstract 3) from the Assisted Painting series, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
1992as_18
Untitled (abstract 5) from the Assisted Painting series, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
1992as_19
Perhaps by means of gestures, from the Assisted Painting series, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
1992as_23
Untitled (abstract 7) from the Assisted Painting series, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
1992as_24
Faces, from the Assisted Painting series, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 230 x 300 cm
1992as_25
Monkey squared, from the Assisted Painting series, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 290 cm
1992as_26
Steam comes out, from the Assisted Painting series, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
1992as_27
Red, Yellow and Blue, from the Assisted Painting series, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
1992as_28
Transition, from the Assisted Painting series, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm

Assisted Painting Series, 1992, Green Lake, 210x240cmGreen Lake, from the Assisted Painting Series, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 210 x 240cm

1994-2012 Colaborations

Peter Paul Rubens Grundschule, 2010
Peter Paul Rubens Grundschule, 2010
kindermuseum
“Bildwelten”, Colaboration with Shanna, Büshra, Kindermuseum, Berlin 2009
P1030560
Shanna oder Warum haben Männer keine Brüste? 2008, Acrylics on canvas, variaied measurments (multiple canvases)
WWestern Sahara in Klein-Machnow, children from Refugeee camps in Tindouf painted this at a workshop at KultRaum
Girl dreaming of the sea, detail of large colaboration at KultRaum, titled “Wer ist denn hier vom andern Stern?” (who comes from another planet?)
Nein Sagen, 2007, Tafellack und Kreide auf Leinwand, 200 x 300 cm
Nein Sagen, Beteiligung an einem Tafelbild, 2007, Gustav-Heinemann Oberschule, Berlin

2012 – Friedrich II after Menzel

Paradestücke, Schloss Sacrow, 2012, kuratiert von Birgit Möckel, mit Neues Atelierhaus Panzerhalle
Paradestücke, Schloss Sacrow, 2012, kuratiert von Birgit Möckel, mit Neues Atelierhaus Panzerhalle
Friedrich auf Reisen nach Menzel, 2012, acrylics on canvas, 30x40cm
Friedrich auf Reisen nach Menzel, 2012, acrylics on canvas, 30x40cm
Friedrich II after Menzel, 2012, oil on board, 30x40cm
Friedrich II after Menzel, 2012, oil on board, 30x40cm
Friedrich und die Barberina nach Menzel, 2012, 30x24cm, oil on board
Friedrich und die Barberina nach Menzel, 2012, 30x24cm, oil on board
2012menzelfouque
Friedrich der Große und General La Motte Fouque in Sanssouci nach Menzel, 2012, oil on board, 30x24cm,
2012emmer_menzelkonzert
Das Flötenkonzert nach Menzel, 2012, oil on board, 30x40cm

 

Aufbahrung der Märzgefallenen nach Menzel, 2012, acrylics on canvas, 80x90cm
Aufbahrung der Märzgefallenen nach Menzel, 2012, acrylics on canvas, 80x90cm
Ansprache Friedrichs vor der Schlacht von Leuthen nach Menzel, 2012, oil and acrylics on canvas, 200x300cm

2006-14 Street Workers/Ingres

Turkish Bath meets Kurfürstenstrasse, 2010, oil on canvas, 135x160cm
Turkish Bath meets Kurfürstenstrasse, 2010, oil on canvas, 135 x 160cm
Layers of Ingres, 2010, oil on canvas, 155x200cm
Layers of Ingres, 2010, oil on canvas, 155x200cm
2010_ingres_gestürzt_200x300cm
Ingres gestürzt, 2010, Öl und Acryl auf Leinwand, 200 x 300 cm
2009Ingresmeetsstreetworker_45x60cm
Ingres meets street worker, 2010, ink on paper, 45x60cm
2009Kurfuerstenstrasse_45x60cm
Street Worker by night, 2009, ink on paper, 45x60cm
2009Notsoldnotraped_45x60cm
friendly street worker, 2010, ink on paper, 45x60cm
Smiling, 2009, ink on paper, 45x60cm
2009Streetworker_45x60
Not a street worker, 2000, ink on paper, 45x60cm

 

Mädchenfalle, 2010, ink on paper, 45x60cm
2009Exotics_45x60cm
Walking into Turkish bath, 2009, ink on paper, 45x60cm
2009IngresmeetsSW_45x60cm
Street Worker in turkish bath, 2009, ink on paper, 45x60cm
2009Kurfuersten_45x60cm
Soft drinks, 2009, ink on paper, 45x60cm
Street Worker, 2010, ink on paper, 45x60cm
Street Worker, 2010, ink on paper, 45x60cm
2009ZweiGirls_45x60cm
Two girls, 2010, ink on paper, 45x60cm
2009wohnen_45x60cm
Möbelhaus, 2009, ink on paper, 45x60cm
2009Streetworker
Street Walker, 2009, ink on paper, 45x60cm

2009paradies_45x60cm

Cruising, 2009, ink on paper, 45x60cm

2009Maedchenfallen_45x60cm
Babystrich, 2009, ink on paper, 45x60cm

 

2009-15 In and about Western Sahara

MH_withpeople_web
MARIEM HASSAN 1958 – 2015. A tribute to the women of Western Sahara, by Bettina Semmer, Tindouf 2015. – Many local children also helped.
Workshop in Klein-Machnow, near Berlin, with children from refugee camps, initiated by KultRaum (with Claudia Dahremöller)
This girl from the Saharoui refugee camps painted a ship – telling the story of the occupied territory; Klein-Machnow, near Berlin, initiated by KultRaum (with Claudia Dahremöller)
Postcards by ten artists; edition made in 2011 with Sharita Towne
Postcards by ten artists; edition made in 2011 with Sharita Towne
Hollycamp is a brand which links to a postcard edition, created for fundraising

If you wish to buy and support children in the refugee camps, drop us a line (contact) – ten cards for a donation from 5-12 € or single cards to view here: http://hollycampws.tumblr.com/

School in Tifariti, liberated territory of Western Sahara, 2010
2010sahara
Where are the disappeared Sahraouis? Fresco Painting, 2010, Tifariti
Where are the disappeared…(detail) fresco,
Where are the disapeared… (draft, with Venda and Dahaba) first day at school for the kids in the liberated territory
the disappeared (series of drawings) 2010-12
the disappeared (series of drawings) 2010-12
2009phosphorGomilasemmer
Phosphor/Piss for Peace, with Francis Gomila 2009
Piss for Peace, and Phosphorus, are works done together with Francis Gomila, refer to the resources in the occupied zone, namely Bou Craa, one of the world’s biggest phosphate mines
“Phosphor” – the alchymist symbol, drawn into the desert (with Francis Gomila)
Landmarks with fluorescant paint

2012documenta_silkscreenprint_50x60cm
Silkscreen print, Symposium curated by Bettina Semmer; Edition of 60, price upon request
2011Saharalibre_220x190cm
Marcos fuera, 2011, acrylics and oil on canvas, 200 x 300 cm
Vitiligo, 2010, oil on canvas, 95x95cm
Beauty, 2010, oil on canvas, 95 x 95cm
2011onkelsahara_120x80cm
Onkel Sahara, 2012, oil on canvas, 120 x 80 cm