Exhibition at the Forest and Environment Museum of Ebersberg – Ebersberg

Angela Dorrer, artist name, looks very archaic andorran, specialist: She paints hands and leaves – something early humans probably did. Here, skin and plants become a canvas on which colorful landscapes are created, an enchanting intertwining of nature and art. Dorrer, who grew up in Grafing but now lives near Vienna, is exhibiting in his native region for the first time. “And I’m really looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends again,” she says. As it should be, the artist exhibits his works at the Forest and Environment Museum in Ebersberg. “Journeys on leaves and hands” is the title of the show, which will open this Friday, July 15, at 5 p.m. with an opening.

“Journeys on leaves and hands” is the name of the exhibition of the Ebersberg Museum for the forest and the environment.

(Photo: Andorra/oh)

And so the terrible fire in the museum still has something good: thanks to the renovation, this special exhibition is not housed in the basement as usual, but on the first floor, where there is plenty of daylight and a great view of the greenery all around – which of course is wonderful with Dorrers art correlated. Two series of works are visible: “Blattscapes” and “Handscapes”. Dorrer writes: “I travel on the leaves and in the hands of others. Wander over their mountains and in their valleys. Follow paths, crossroads and patterns. I map and mark with brush, needle and thread. I I am a traveler, a dreamer and I follow their lifelines.”

Culture in the neighborhood: Angela Dorrer has a soft spot for leaves, hands, landscapes and crafts.

Angela Dorrer has a weakness for leaves, hands, landscapes and craftsmanship.

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Angela Dorrer, born in 1969, works in the fields of drawing, photography and performance. She inherited her passion for landscapes and maps from her father, Antarctic explorer and professor of cartography. The love of craftsmanship comes from her mother, who owns a fabric shop in Grafing. Dorrer studied art in Montreal, Munich and Salzburg. Today she lives and works in Klosterneuburg, in a studio with a large garden on the Danube. Since 2009, she takes care of the palm of the hand like a landscape, since 2014, she collects leaves during hikes, which she alienates artistically.

Culture in the neighborhood: The artist likes to work on leaves that have been hard hit by insects and bad weather.

The artist likes to work on leaves that have been hard hit by insects and bad weather.

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Dorrer finds those leaves particularly exciting that have already lost their natural perfection, been eaten by insects, or have already been badly affected by the weather. Some are actually more skeletal than superficial. But the artist gives them all a second life by drying them, pressing them and preserving them. The latter means she applies a layer of rubber to her back, but Dorrer won’t reveal exactly how it works – “trade secret”. Only that: Developing the process in cooperation with the restorers of the Natural History Museum in Vienna took several years.

But of course the conservation is far from over, next comes the artistic process: Dorrer decorates the leaves with acrylic, oil pastel, thread and small colored beads. Some leaves are mottled, others are patterned. The color often clarifies fine veins, makes the filigree and vulnerable structure clear. Dorrer draws inspiration from natural forms, adds his imagination to them, draws lines, circles or borders, stretches fine nets and places knots. This creates miniature landscapes that invite the eye on a journey of discovery.

Culture in the neighborhood: Angela Dorrer is also a genre

Angela Dorrer is also interested in a kind of “nature healing”.

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But it’s not just about decoration and aesthetics, the artist also speaks of a “healing of nature”: if a leaf is broken, she sews the place up with thread, the broken twigs are split , the wounds, that is, the holes, are lined with red paint. The unmistakable basic shape also still remains despite the artistic transformation: “Respect for the beauty and original condition of the natural object takes precedence”, explains Dorrer.

The artist places the finished leafscapes in object boxes behind glass, so that they are displayed like butterflies or fragile beetles. In a photo and video project, the uprooted leaves, artistically treated, are often “relocated”: Dorrer takes them with him on hikes and depicts them in front of different landscapes, in front of rivers, mountains, snowfields, for example. In the videos, the objects exposed to the weather seem wonderfully stable, despite their fragility, as they float in the wind, held by only two fingers.

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For her “Galerie des Feuilles du Voyageur”, Angela Dorrer films her objects in front of changing landscapes.

(Photo: Andorra/oh)

But not only the leaves, but also the hands made to the artist. Each palm carries a person’s story – which Dorrer also interprets as a landscape she travels, discovers and maps. Using a fine brush and watercolors, she works spontaneously with rivers, mountains and valleys, crossroads, U-turns and recurring patterns, exploring the intimate structure and relief of the skin. The aim is to reveal the respective and unmistakable personality structure. Then these “handscapes” are recorded photographically.

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The “Handscape” of cartographer Manfred Buchroithner.

(Photo: Andorra/oh)

What the adorned person discovers with their own hand is, of course, highly subjective. But it is particularly exciting to read how professional cartographers interpret their personal landscapes, three of these expert copies can be seen in the museum’s stairwell. Manfred Buchroithner, for example, discovers a Paleozoic mountain range in the shimmering palm of his hand. He writes: “Looks like the end of winter. The flatter, snow-covered slopes are partly covered with mirror snowfields… Various streams, like blue veins, fill small lakes at the bottom of the basin. Isolated farms and hamlets with their typical red tiled roofs are scattered over parts of the region. Apparently, strong winds blew snow across the valley, revealing the pale, yellowish-green colors of autumn mountain meadows in late winter. Cartographic poetry.

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This is what a “community landscape” might look like.

(Photo: Andorra/oh)

In addition to “single handscapes”, Angela Dorrer also designs several palms of partners or entire teams, which keep their fingers intertwined while painting. So the performance allows for the experience of community in the moment, but it also creates a landscape that is captured in the image and connects the individuals.

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For a “Panorama Handscape”, Dorrer brought together the palms of 42 citizens of the city of Tulln to form an ideal landscape. The image shows a section.

(Photo: Andorra/oh)

Dorrer’s photo project “Handscapes Unified” also goes in this direction: it is about digitally assembled collages: here, the unpainted palms of several people form a new fictional landscape. Paths, mountains and papillary lines intersect to form an ideal black and white map – for the artist “a symbol of a world without borders, in which hands are open to each other”, regardless of age, origin, skin color or gender.

Angela Dorrer aka Andorra: From Traveling on Leaves and Hands”, special exhibition at the Forest and Environment Museum in Ebersberg, Ludwigshöhe 2. Opening on Friday July 15, 5 p.m., visible until December 18. It is open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free Anyone interested in a “hand-made landscape” can contact Andreas Puhr of the Forest Museum, available on (08092) 82 55 15 or and a.puhr@ ebersberg.de, or write an e-mail to angela@andorrer.at.

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