Die Nichtschwimmerin

In dem beschaulichen Eifelstädtchen sitzt eine Künstlerin im dem Erker des historischen Hauses mit Blick über die Rur und zeichnet in ihr großes Skizzenbuch. Aber schon bei der ersten Seite, auf der sie ihr Leben in Bildern zu erzählen beginnt, entfließt der Zeichenfeder eine unheimliche Geschichte. 

In dem Haifischbecken der Kunstszene versucht sich die Frau allen Widrigkeiten zum Trotz zu etablieren, die die Gesellschaft und ihr Geschlecht einer Karriere in den Weg stellen. Auch wenn sie nicht schwimmen kann, kämpft sie um ihr Leben, um den Kopf über Wasser zu halten. 

Erste Erfolgen wechseln mit Gewalt und Niederlagen. Noch ruft niemand „Me Too“, wenn eine Frau geschlagen wird. Als sie sich zu wehren beginnt, gelingt es ihr, festen Stand in ihrem Leben zu gewinnen. Jetzt wird sie sich den Gewässern, auch denen des Unbewussten, stellen. Aber wie gelingt es einer Kupferstecherin, die ein Leben lang versuchte, ihren Mann zu stehen und doch keiner war, ihren Weg unbehelligt durch die Fluten von Hass und Missgunst zu finden? 

erschienen und erhältlich beim Frauenzimmer-Verlag,

ISBN 987-3937013-64-0

Softcover, 240 Seiten, 13,- €

Kisses of colours

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Nobody has ever written about painting in this way before.

Many words are lost every day about painting and the fine arts, but what really happens when painters dip their brushes into the paint behind the closed studio door remains unsaid. In her novel “The Kisses of Colours”, Maf Räderscheidt, painter, draughtswoman, graphic artist and performer, solves the mystery of what goes on inside a painter when he is at work.

For meanwhile 50 years, Maf Räderscheidt has been a fixture in the German art scene. A master student at the Cologne Werkschulen, she impressed with small-format etchings in the 1970s, then devoted herself to charcoal drawings, video art and installations, before finally concentrating mainly on oil painting and watercolour today. For many years, she has been posting a picture a day on the internet and spreading it on social networks – her share in the “social sculpture” of modern, digital society. In 2018, she received the Horst Konejung Prize, which, in addition to her rich oeuvre, also recognised her political and social commitment.

In “The Kisses of Colours”, Räderscheidt describes a day in her studio in the Eifel in a language that is as multifaceted as it is inventive. She explicitly describes the challenge that a large canvas poses to her skills, she describes the craft. And she also speaks about the history of art, which always finds its way into her thinking. The experienced painter gives the reader an insight into her world of thoughts, into her passion and determination, but also into her fears and defeats. Maf Räderscheidt paints with words as well as with brushes. Her vivid descriptions of the act of painting are captivating. 

When the painter ends her literary day, one painting will have been started, a second finished, a watercolour made and an exhibition opened. For the artist, a normal day. For the reader, an excursion into an unknown world, into a dimension of creating and creating that usually remains closed to him. “The Art of Kissing” unravels a corner of the mystery that lies over the creation of fine art.

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