Walter Dahn

For Uta Schotten

Uta Schotten is a painter. All her pictures, no matter the thematic thread, are contemporary (topical) pictures with an awareness of painting after painting. They are ‘open’ pictures, which allow questions and loop holes. Portraits, flowers, animals can be seen again as if for the first time. They are truthful and real, therefore beautiful but not decorative, garrulous or entertaining. Uta Schotten’s paintings change our perspective of the subject matter she paints. That is why the things she paints in an everyday setting become a little more ‘understandable’. She salvages things for us in her painting and imbues them with new value. Value which has been overlooked for too long. 

Walter Dahn, May 2000