About the painting of Annette Besgen
Light creates structures. It strikes objects, and as soon as these objects cause it to refract and shadows to appear abstractions are created. Through its shadows, light traces shapes which do not derive from a preconceived idea or which can in any way be foreseen. In this respect, therefore, the artist is dependent on situations from everyday life.
Using the incidence of light and its creation of, as it were, chance shapes, Annette Besgen takes up the continually new challenge of making insubstantial light itself the subject of her art. She is not very much concerned with the object itself, which for her is of secondary importance, or even unimportant, if it is not touched by light. Light is the vehicle of meaning.
Via light, the artist reminds us of a dimension which, amongst other things, touches on the phenomenon of time. By putting one incidence of light or a single moment of time in the picture, Annette Besgen simultaneously gives us a glimpse of eternity.
Annette Besgen`s paintings are concrete. They allow nothing to come between the viewer and their message and consequently their effect on the viewer is both direct and physical. The meaning of her pictures lies in what they show, and yet they also reveal more than the basic recognition of a representational situation. The secret of this art lies in the art itself. The artist has no further aim than ‘presence’ which draws its strength and its message from this direct contact with the viewer.
Her paintings are concrete in so far that they are what they are. Nothing more, and nothing less.