Ortrun Rehm

OrtrunOrtrun Rehm lives in Munich as a lecturer for Swedish. She had been a class teacher in a Waldorf School before she studied Scandinavian literature, art history and comparative literature. At the LMU in Munich she became part of a Ph. D. program that investigated the influence of visual arts on Scandinavian literature. The program was based on the theory of Semiotics (theory of generating meaning) and thoughts of Post-Structuralism resp. Postmodernism. She graduated in 2003 with a monograph about a novel from 1976 that refers entirely to the historical facts and details of a famous work of a Renaissance painter from Italy, but, on a deeper level of narration, deconstructs the aesthetics of Renaissance art.

Ortrun Rehms’ present work is directed to understand Art as Event as it is introduced through the work of Dr. Yeshayahu Ben-Aharon. That means, of course, a total break from a former solely history-based, intellectual approach to visual arts. In her efforts to find a convenient point of departure toward the new goal, she focuses on the question of the unseen, unnoticed or ‘forgotten’ elements in a piece of visual art. In this she is supported by Ben-Aharon, Deleuze, R. Steiner and Merleau-Ponty and their writings on the issue of sense perception and art.