Charlotte Bastian’s (1974, Berlin/Germany) works focus, in both painting and content, on different borderline situations that are visually explored and varied ingeniously. Colors, textures, skins are pulled over one another, layered and intertwined. Individual parts vibrate, are films of desert dust, porous chunks of lava, crystalline snow – flowing, dissolving, to be then set off with sharp contours again. Surfaces of boulders, of layers of ice and movements of water appear, at times, to burst through and split the canvas, to then close it up again elsewhere – thus juxtaposing a space that is always unfolding on the picture surface to a space beyond the picture. © Regine Bungartz, translated by Catherine Kerkhoff-Saxon