Ash red wine varnish

12 Holy Nights – Signs of the Zodiac“ 2014, 12 x (40 x 40 cm), ash red wine varnish

These paintings were created during the holy nights in 2013 and 2014. The ash was taken from our fireplace at home, which was lit daily during this period. The cooled ashes from the 24th served as paint for a picture at the 25th and so on.

I was inspired to do the work with ashes and wine by a French Christmas tradition. At Christmas Eve, wine was poured over a piece of firewood while traditional blessings are spoken. Afterwards, the wood was burned in the stove. The ashes were spread onto the fields the next day, and mixed into the animal’s food. That is linked to a wish for good harvest in the next year.

The 12 signs of the zodiac, that I painted between years are also representing the 12 months of the year.



„Ash from the stove – the daily harvest – wine not onthe lips – nevertheless in the heart – nevertheless genesis – from ripened – from tree, from wood – from vine and grape – from zodiac out of love and wine…“
(Carola Krohn, reflecting my work „12 Holy Nights“, 2014 from ash and wine.

Further works from ash red wine varnish, which emerged immediately after the series “ 12 Holy Nights“.
A description of those paintings can be found under menu item „Cross Depiction“: here »