Material and Technique













My artistic mode of expression is that of fantastic realism. The composition of the pictures I paint expresses serenity and happiness. Personal memories, elements of music, lyric poetry and mythology flow through the pictures. “It is wishes and dreams that I paint, even if the elements are real.”

The material the artist uses is an unusual feature. Hannelore Göbel paints on handmade paper from Nepal and the kingdom of Bhutan. It is produced from the Daphne bush which grows in the Himalaya area at a height of approx. 3000 m. Daphne is comparable with mezereon. The manufacturers take care that the plant grows in natural woodlands by planting out seedlings. At present it can be described as the cleanest paper in the world, free of ecological damages. The production of the paper is brought about through spring water, it is therefore, according to the information of the manufacturer, >acid free<. After dipping the paper is dried on stones in nature and thus shows an irregular structure. The name “sacred paper” has come up because it is primarily used by Buddhist monks for the documentation of their Holy Scriptures.

Daphne paper keeps its quality for centuries and is therefore especially suitable for valuable drawings; and by her special treatment the artist uses it for her pictures in acryl. She draws with polychromos and varnishes up to 30 layers and in this way achieves depth and liveliness in her works. This old masterly technique is the basis for the realisation of the composition of her pictures. Cubistic elements also become manifest in the composition of the figures. Mrs Göbel is a great admirer of “Picasso” and “Dali”. She also paints pictures on genuine > papyrus<, an Egyptian product which is produced still today in the same manual technique as at the time of its invention (about 3000 BC). And she paints on > cardboard<. By a special process the pictures get a special effect.

The watercolour pictures are painted on very high-grade hand-made paper from France. They are produced according to a traditional method on the vat machine. This paper is completely made from rags; it has a four-sided deckle edge and a watermark.

The plastic work deals with man. The artist strives for a balance between formal clarity and playful uncertainty. The sculptures are made of lightweight concrete and coloured with acryl.

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