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archetypal works

Thomas Rucker has delved into the archetypal theory according to C.G. Jung and the Chinese book of I-Ging. I-Ging describes 64 arch types, inspiring a series of painting by Rucker. Given a process-like approach and a time span of several years, more than 80 works of art were created, consisting of numerous layers of oil paints. The natural occurrences of color were part of the painting experience. The oxidation of salt and bronze, the heating up of pigments, the charring of still wet oil paintings, or the grinding up thereof for later use as pigments, were part of the creative process. Natural findings, such as pieces of wood, moss or soil, were soaked in linseed oil, and more oil was repeatedly poured on them for months, on canvas. Unorthodox paints, such as nitroterpentine, rancid oils or perfume, were experimented with. Many of these paintings were destroyed upon their completion, and there are only few photographs documenting their existence.

peace

installation

transformation into victory

bronze, salt, bay leaves, gold leaf and oil paints on canvas

the unity

soil and oil paints on canvas

appearance

oil paints on canvas this painting was printed as a free postcard, being available across austria in various restaurants, concert venues,etc.( with 120,000 cards having been published)

friends

oil paints on canvas

adaption

soil, pumpkin seeds and oil paints on canvas

the nourishment

cactus fibres and oil paints on canvas

the continuation

oil paints on canvas

modesty

slate and oil paints on canvas

transformation of obstacles

slate and oil paints on canvas

the upsurge

soil and oil on canvas

the revolution

oil paints on canvas

humiliation

oil paints on canvas

the decay

salt, sand and oil on canvas

continuance

oil paints on canvas

growing pains

oil paints on canvas

the struggle

stones and oil on canvas

the receiving entity

soil and oil on canvas

the concurrence

oil paints on canvas

the advancement

soil and oil on canvas

indulgence

oil paints on canvas

the blaze of glory

wax and oil paints on canvas

the downfall

slate and oil paints on canvas

the accumulated energy

soil and oil paints on canvas

the determination

oil paints on canvas

torn between

slate, soil and oil paints on canvas

innocence

egg shells and oil paints on canvas

the darkening of the light

soil and oil paints on canvas

embedment

soil and oil paints on canvas

self-absorption

sand and oil on canvas

prior to completion

oil paints on canvas

after completion

oil pints on canvas