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Bach inspiration in my art


Bach and Das Wohltemperierte Klavier - a heavenly geometry?

I have music that follows me all day long while I am creating in my studio. There are music that helps me to widen my horizons and to reach beyond myself. But there is another kind of music which enables me to penetrate my innermost self, to concentrate myself, and to pare away all unessentials. To this kind of music, Das Wohltemperierte Klavier takes pride of place.


After having seen one of my exhibitions in  2003, Lars Sellergen sent me his recording of Das Wohltemperierte Klavier and in a letter he explained to me the consrucition of the fugues. With a red penil, he marked in the notes the internal relationships of the voices, the inversions, stretti, aumentations and counterpoint. I become incredibly fascinated.

A whole world opened for me! Sine then, Bach has become my most important companion. In his structured formula, so seemingly simple, an entire world in concealed.


For me, Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, is cyclic, not linear as so much other music, and has therefore helpt me to penetrate beyond linear time. Far from the world's multiplicity and chaos. 

in his music I feel a kind of everlasting structured patterns which moves in circles up and down, backwards and forwards, and whih forms cosmic geometrical figures.

Here is something natural and harmonious, which I need every morning - perhaps in order to discover myself and my inner state, beyond an external chaos? As if in a purification I listen to this music, again and again - I never get enough of it. Everything within me falls into place, is structures, is shaped. Everything unessential is pared away and polished. Everything becomes clearer, more distinct.

It is as if Bach structured me at cell level! His music helps me to discover the purest and the truest in the depth of my self...so that I can then attempt to give it external form in my creations.


Here I feel the order of the Universe beynd chaos...as a perfected glittering crystal hidden deep within me - as hidden inside all of us - is polished a little more.

Suddently I see the symmetry behind the branches of the trees, the flight of the bird, the structure of a flower's inflorescence.

Bach's DAs Wohltemperierte Klavier enables me to see the unerlying patterns beyond the world's multiplicity that gives everything meaning.


Helena 2006