Review artistic work Ellie Munten October 2011
Author Dr. phil Christian Krausch;
art historian, Direktor Museumsverein (museum association) Mönchengladbach, museum Abteiberg, (Germany).
An essential characteristic of the work of Ellie Munten is the interaction between the human inside and the outside. For years, her attention is consistently focused on researching spiritual/psychological and physical/practical aspects within the works of art. Particularly through her paintings Ellie Munten invites the viewer to explore the unknown and offers the opportunity to discover profound layers.
So the artist develops colored poetic images on canvas, which move in principle, on the border between abstraction and figuration. Again and again it is the female body, which limited to multiple body parts that can be identified. Mostly legs and knees, involved in standing, sitting or lying position. Rarely the whole body presents itself. A mental addition is asked as a task of the viewer by seeing the paintings.
The paintings of Ellie Munten encourage to complete the current situation, where it appears that a decisive influence is caused by the individual mood or attitude of the observer. The vagueness, and the contradiction of the interpretation are discussed as a paradox, whereby the selected titles underline the freedom of decision.
Munten deliberately avoids an unambiguous interpretation, to give the works their secrets. She follows in this case the thoughts of C.G. Jung and his studies of psychotherapy. Just like C.G. Jung Ellie Munten recognizes the mystery as a part of human personality, that combines both areas of good and evil. In this case the artist brings forward the possibility of change in her pictures, presented as a theme. Thus the painted human figure in her picture is always in motion, less factual, but rather on a spiritual, immaterial level. The titles of her work underline that feeling. The recurring motive of the chair in Muntens pictures are a metaphor for the "pause". It is less the "stay" in a situation, but offers space, to reflect in your own way, both physically and mentally.
The outside, the outside world and also the factor time, which influence the inside, are according to Ellie Munten of the same significance as the human inner forces that have their influence on mans behaviour. Her works of art are to be seen as mirrors, which translate this interaction into an expressive form.
Ellie Muntens works of art, unique in terms of art history, show us wondering as a stable factor of human being
© Ellie Munten