Artist, based in Berlin. Beate Köhne’s paintings seem to be about nature. But it is natural processes and energies that are at the core of her work, not the desire for a true-to-life image. Painting layer for layer, she creates a complex system of movement and structure, nurtured by light and color. Her intense use of white, be it mixed or pure, creates an airiness, which is supported by the partly raw canvas. Even when one recognizes a trunk-like form, a petal or a twisted leaf, the organic forms and lines do not necessarily have concrete or symbolic significance. Instead Köhne’s work involves the viewer as part of what is going on on the canvas – the dynamics and changes of all things living.