What one sees in the images created by Lydia Mammes is painting, and nothing else. These pictures are abstract in the sense that they do not evoke any identifiable object. The artist, however, is not simply concerned with the pure and simple concretion of the means of painting: the paint, its structure and its application. Lydia Mammes could be said to avoid both extremes: an image that is simply a likeness breaking through a layer of paint on the one hand, and an analytic approach that is concerned solely with investigating paint and the materials and phenomena of ‘the pictorial’ on the other. Her painting occupies a narrow strip of territory between these two possibilities: a pictorial quality depending on the recognition of things and situations on the one hand, and the assertion of a perfect autonomy for the image on the other. This painterly in-between space may not be so easy to comprehend, but the paintings’ process is immediately apparent. These paintings are constructed in multiple layers, with the generating, negation and transformation of visual material as different aspects of the same process.
Lydia Mammes studied Fine Art at the University of Applied Sciences, Cologne 1986-91.
2018 Painting: Bart Koning, Lydia Mammes, WG Kunst, Amsterdam