Glasschnitzer Marco Rietz
Since about 2007, Marco Rietz has been working with mirror glass. In this period, he has developed an entirely individual method to create landscapes, portraits and abstract art as “mirror images”.
The idea to work glass and mirrors the way he does derives from the scratch paintings of his daughter. So, he took a mirror, turned it . . . and it all began. He adopted this quite unusual technique over the years and has since refined it. Based on the tattoo scene, of which he is a big fan, he came up with the idea to make his paintings appear like tattoos.
He does not use pen, brush or canvas as his tools but rather works the mirror layers of ordinary mirrors with sand paper and thereby makes his art form come alive. Every single picture is created by sanding the back of mirrors – while the surface of the glass remains smooth. Parts of the mirror face are retained and can hence perform their function: they mirror their surrounding – i.e. his pictures come to life for a second time as the observer can still see his own image in the mirror!