Andre Schmucki’s paintings are a visual expression of his dreamings, his time wandering through the allegorical world of his very own fairy tales, the mirror of his troubled being.
These are fine pictures, the technique exquisite, the palette subdued, the colours muted, making us look harder, trying to peer into the mists of another’s innermost memories, a fading, an inconsistency that comes with fragments of rememberings as if struggling to complete the story when awakening from another world.
While working in the same realm of the Surrealists it is not Surrealism that Schucki is concerned with rather he is forever searching for a meaning through a physical world, one that makes sense, that belongs here rather than on the other side. His pictures full of yearning, longing and love, each image snatched away, separated and forever elusive, the figures tempting him back, sirens singing to him, yearning for him, while acknowledging that that he can never never touch, hold, belong too. Here’s what he has to say about his work:
It is commonly believed that the primary function of dreams is to psychologically balance and compensate for matters left unsettled during our waking hours. In the dream world, the censors of our mind dissipate and the material in our heads becomes fluid and nonlinear—our past memories, fears and desires all surface symbolically, revealing to us a deeper understanding of ourselves. Metaphorically, this is how I have come to understand my artwork. I see my art as a visual manifestations of my subconscious mind – images that bypass intellectualization to reveal authentic feeling.