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Photo by: Anatol Kotte

Artist and poet. Lives and works in Hamburg.

Elena Raulf is a minimalist in her words and paintings. Her poetry is characterized by radical reduction, and words are only used to capture what is essential. Her subjects are the territories of the soul. Here, too, the focus is on visual aspects: She describes pictures from her inner world. The only thing that matters is the perception and formulation of what is her own.

Elena Raulf’s paintings are similar. She seeks simplicity, an imagery that focuses on what is essential. The house, her primary topic, is first and foremost a metaphor here for individualism and identity. In addition, her picture series reflects her interest in architecture as an expression of culture and society, such as in the ‘buildings II’ series that is devoted to Post-War Modernist churches.

The depiction of buildings reduced to their façade or shape, removed from their urban context while appearing to float in space, emphasizes both their transience and uniqueness – including as an aesthetic object.

From an art history point of view, Elena Raulf’s paintings are in the tradition of the Constructivism and Suprematism created by Kasimir Malewitsch, of Concrete Art as well as Hard Edge painting. In his manifesto, published in 1927, Malewitsch writes about his famous picture series entitled ‘Black square on white ground:’ “The square keeps changing and forming new shapes.”