Saudade: Paintings by Esther Nienhuis
Paintings of rain-soaked landscapes from behind the windshield of a car.
A desire to be elsewhere is the central theme of my work. In the series called Saudade, I represent this boundary as a physical one. A view is shown from behind the rain-covered or sun-lit windscreen of a car. Thick drops dance over the screen or are smashed against the side, swept away by the wipers. The film of water and the reflection of the sun on the otherwise invisible glass partly deform the view. This perturbing layer is always present, in between here and elsewhere. The screen uncovers the world that is longed for and excludes it at the same time.