Gravitating towards the origin. An introduction to Taube’s galaxy.

According to the scientific community, there is a specific reason why we are here facing contemporary life struggles: The Big Bang. The demographic growth and the “bipolar” globalization have brought us hesitation and angst. With the exception of a few isolated healthy regions, we are all trapped in a world of chaos, in which the pursuit of stability seems uncommon. The concept of chaos derives from Ancient Greek philosophy and, in the Theogony (700 BC), Hesiod suggests that Chaos was the first thing to exist. After more than a millennium we started to talk about the Big Bang theory and the idea of chaos came back as a philosophic, and not only that, interpretation of what was created by the “primordial explosion”. The birth of life is just the consequence of a continuous mutation culminated in the achievement of a vital balance.

Alexandra Taube, Molecules, mixed media, cm 30 x 30 (x2).

This evolutionary process, in particular the binomial chaos-balance, enlightens Alexandra Taube’s artistic approach. Looking at her artworks, we can clearly see the concreteness of the connection between her painting universe and the scientific one. Finding her way in a personal language, aesthetically influenced by both Abstractionism and Action painting, Taube creates her own outer space that, like the astronomic one, is a heterogeneous set of elements. The interaction between discordant tones and the cooperation of various materials include the same prerequisites of chaos, seen as original mixture of elements. This macrocosm of elements is metaphorically connectable to both the post Big Bang situation and the contemporary ordinary life, in which every individual is surrounded by numerous incentives. Each of her canvases is a mirror of our primordial essence, but also a diagram of our present environment.

Alexandra Taube, Coral Reef, mixed media, cm 34 x 40.

The interpretive duality of Taube’s language is accompanied by a subtle moral. Starting from the chaos, represented by the indiscriminate use of mediums, Alexandra proposes her intimate solution. In fact, the existence of chaos indirectly presumes the chance of balance. The canvas, therefore, becomes the field of reparative possibilities. The spiritual artistic impulse, hidden behind her creative act, concentrates on the meticulous arrangement of every element. Paying attention to the refined connections present in her artworks, Taube resolves the original enigma of life after chaos. Although the position of colors seems random to the eye, the composition is harmoniously orchestrated and every component find its place. In this way, the aesthetic result recalls the astronomical pictures, whereas the metaphorical one looks back on the vital universal balance. There is always a chance to re-establish order and the key is an authentic general overview. Alexandra Taube makes that creating her own cosmos and, perhaps, it’s not a coincidence that the Ancient Greek word κόσμος (cosmos) means exactly “order”.