Curator & Art Historian,
Dr Martin Schmidt-Magin, 2022
Artistic quality and innovation are at the forefront of Christine Jaksch's work. So it is only logical that the artist, who lives near Munich, uses a technique in her latest work that only appeared - in the truest sense of the word - on the screens of technology-loving nerds and art enthusiasts a few years ago, the NFTs. Whereas the early NFTs were photographs or graphically unappealing works, without any intrinsic artistic value, because they were about establishing a new technology and testing its market validity, Christine Jaksch's NFT work is based on an autobiographical, a historical and an artistic-aesthetic aspect. The artist interweaves these three aspects skilfully and with playful ease. Even looking at just a few of the 2,000 individual images awakens an inquiring curiosity with the question: what else can be changed in this one main motif? Inevitably, the desire is awakened to jump from one picture to the next and back again, comparing and searching for similarities, for changes, for new additions.
In the picture motif, Christine Jaksch connects her own biographical roots - born in Bavaria and family roots in the USA - with the history of the mythical creature of the "Wolpertinger" *, whose origins lie in the 19th century, both in Bavaria and Central Europe, and in the USA, there as the "Jackalope". The Wolpertinger becomes the connecting, sometimes tongue-in-cheek element of two continents and cultures; the European and the North American.
The artist transports the timeless mythical creature into a contemporary, computer-generated visual language with clear lines and clearly defined surfaces. The "portrait", reduced to the head of the Wolpertinger and given frontally, sits centrally in the picture, evoking proximity to the image type of "Christ as Pantocrator". The inconsistency of the Wolpertinger and the previous NFTs is transformed into an icon by Christine Jaksch. With ease, she declines the pictorially feasible on a fixed framework in the alternation of coloured areas and line patterns, and in doing so finds new, unpredictable possibilities for change again and again.
In this way, the artist sets an aesthetically pleasing, humorous and culture-connecting counterweight to the pictorial arbitrariness of the previous well-known NFTs hyped in the art market, such as "Kitten", "Football Collector Cards" and "Bored Monkey", which will inspire the development of further NTF motifs.
Dr. Martin Schmidt-Magin, Dreieich, June 2022
* The Wolpertinger is a mythical creature of inexact origin. It is described as a hybrid creature of various forms, for example as a hare with deer antlers and duck feet. Taxidermists began assembling body parts of various animal species in the 19th century to sell them to tourists as a regional attraction.
The Wolpertinger "Jack Bavarian" as an icon -
the latest work by Christine Jaksch.