ENA RUTTEN
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During the painting process, Ena is strongly involved with the different techniques and materials, allways researching and experimenting. Offering the coincidence as much chances as possible with the delicious possibility of unexpected results. This intuitive and unsystematic approach, should nevertheless lead to elegant compositions. And allthough the first layers are chaotic, in the end the painting lacks the trendy artistic sloppiness. It is important for her that her work has a great suggestive force and that there is a balance between energy and stillness.
What the different themes have in common is a "vivid silence". A face, a flower field, the underwater world or a superb landscape can give us a calm and silent impression, while at the same time there is a lot going on.

" Beings, organics, land and water: together they are my own universe".

."Landscapes you will not find anywhere on a map. However, much of what we see is well known to us. Empty plains - once seen on a holiday trip - with a magnificent emptiness, as if you could never walk in it. Ena rightly calls her fictive landscapes: "Days Without Us". It gives me the feeling that the beauty of this world can only be experienced at a distance and in silence."
From the speech of Willebrord de Winter (former director of the Amsterdam Academy of Arts) at the exhibition "Ver-Gezichten" in the museum Het Petershuis in Gennep 2015.

 
"In her paintings it seems as if the world stands still, holds on for a moment. These lonely, quiet, motionless motives are at the same time meaningful and symbolic. In subtile colors the composition spreads out, nothing distracts the observer, nothing comments or decorates her depiction. Her works invites us to linger, to lay back and contemplate."
(From the speech of Josef Gülpers, art historian, at the exhibition "Höher immer weiter" in Duisburg, Germany 2014)