As Anselm Feuerbach once said, “In order to contemplate a picture, one needs a chair.” Bernd Wolf takes this one step further: “And a wall”. In order to properly engage in the process of contemplation, there must be a solid bond between the beholder and the object. Time is also an important factor. On average a visitor to a museum focuses on each picture for under two seconds – in passing, as it were.
Contemplating a picture is an intense, intimate and personal process. It requires protective boundaries, both in terms of time and space. By creating a picture-guestroom, you are constructing an ideal space for you and for others to engage in the act of contemplation.
A picture created in an unsystematic manner has no subject as such. It serves as a vehicle for the process of emotional and spiritual reflection .
The beholder’s field of vision should be free of anything that could distract, unhampered by visually appealing objects. Their gaze should be able to rest on and wander over the picture without obstacle or distraction. These are the conditions necessary for contemplation .
As the picture is residing in your home as a guest, so to speak, you are free to view it whenever the mood takes you. At some point you will notice that you are being viewed by the picture. The process of dialogue has begun.