The Goldberg Variations are inspired by the 32 movements written by J.S. Bach. The project is in conjunction with the ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen Trio and their "Äntligen måndag" concert series in Stockholm. All paintings are oil on wood panel, 30x40 cm.
"For me, The Goldberg Variations are memories that are confined by time. The ever present bass line is something familiar and yet is always rediscovered, just as our memories are. But such abstract things like memories must be defined somehow in order to share them with others. Bach chose a bass line which both marks time and supports freedom for emotional expression. I think Nature is our emotional bass line, our portal into the sumblime. We share the same stardust with everything that is alive and with all the world we know. In my search for a solid form with which to frame my experience of each variation, I found my way to the NASA Earth Observatory website. I chose a night photo of the city of Istanbul. Here Europe meets Asia, split by the river Bosphorus which has been flowing since prehistory. But it is humanity which has given it contours that underline a new geography. There is something bittersweet to see history erased before our eyes in such an aesthetic way. My painted variations range from the concrete to the abstract. We travel a road into our selves that is endless, yet somehow familiar. " Bridget Allaire