Like reeds

in the water

“For this beautiful house on this peaceful location I wanted to make something simple, something organic and very site-specific. I was thinking about the cooling breeze from the lake to come into the inner structure of the house – the wind to be caught in the very bones of the house. That’s why the brushstrokes are bended like reeds. The concrete panel is a 1:1 cast of my brushstroke.”

Ruth Campau

Ruth Campau made the site-specific artistic intervention for the hall. The idea for the stairway artwork is to make a reference to the trees outside. The organic sense of trees that slightly sway and overlap each other. She uses her characteristic brushstroke in a way that refers to the organic elements of wind and water, but also to body movements. In fact her own body movement is the essential when she paints. She uses a big broom to push the paint from bottom to top of the surface, which is laying on the floor. Focused and slowly – like a performance, like a ritual. Afterwards the brushstroke is transferred into fiber concrete. The size of each concrete panel – 2.44m tall and 0.56m wide – is referring to the size of a trunk. But also referring to a 1:1 body experience.

Ruth Campau

Danish artist Ruth Campau is both a painter and a sculptor. Ruth Campau studied art history in Copenhagen, is a member of the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Art and has received numerous honors and awards. Her work moves between light and matter, transparency and density, painting and sculpture, the ephemeral and the tangible, body and design. She works in straight and dense brushstrokes, in different ways. A thin layer of paint covers the entire length of the surface, which she shapes into fascinating objects and installations. Organic and geometric, clear yet magical, with echoes of interior design, surrounding and architecture yet autonomous and not subject to any purpose. Ruth Campau's inspiration is the point in art history where painting leaves the canvas: in particular, the art trends of the American West Coast of the 1970s. Her painting becomes architecture, alchemy, creating new spaces and expanding the field of painting.