After collaborating with renowned artist Werner Schlegel, Ozella’s ambitious Wood’n’Vinyl project is back. The concept behind the series is simple: A visual artist creates wood works inspired by an album from the label’s catalogue. This time it was up to mystical Yantra-painter Birgit Shakunthala Schnebel to create stimulating sculptures at the cusp between the visual and acoustic arts.
The parameters were thus identical. But the results are strikingly different. Schlegel selected the Helge Lien Trio’s intensely atmospheric Guzuguzu and left the music playing while creating his sculptures. With Shakunthala, meanwhile, inspiration moved in mysterious ways. Although the music of Space Jazz ensemble Inwardness, on paper, served as a point of departure, the connection is certainly a lot harder to discern.
It is on closer inspection that the pencil lines and colour patterns of her geometrical compositions on wooden blocks reveal subtle links to Inwardness’s psychedelic sounds. Just like the trio around guitarist Maciek Pysz, Shakunthala creates in a meditative, deeply concentrated state, following a focussed flow very similar to an inspired jazz improvisation.
Breaks and bonds are equally part of what is not so much a fusion,
but rather a soft collision between two worlds.