“The Fifth Dimension”
My artistic quest is to open a path—through color and
form—into the spiritual reality that many of us have lost
sight of today. Large areas of our life suffer from this
lack of vision. Rudolf Steiner, in the twentieth century,
was the first to establish a new way of schooling ourselves
for a renewal of cultural life into the future. This is the
path for a truly modern consciousness.
A basic impulse of modern art’s
avant-garde at the beginning of the twentieth century was to
do more than represent the physical world. Through symbolism
these artists wanted to make visible again the invisible
qualities of the spirit, without impinging on people’s free
will. Color and forms were meant to speak for themselves—out
of beauty and authenticity. The true picture behind the
material picture is hidden and requires the active seeking
of the beholder. This picture does not need interpretation.
It must be able –from out of itself—to speak to the human
heart and soul.
I consider myself to be in the
tradition of modern art that wishes to communicate the
message of the spiritual, in an appropriate form. My
paintings are meant to show a path into the future, where
the eternal spirit—the invisible behind the
visible—reconciles all things and beings with one another.
This is the great transformation of the spiritual, with
Christ at its center.
Art should never become an end in
itself. It is the mediator between spirit and matter.
Paintings must express belief, love, and hope. Only then
will that become truth which the great master of art,
Rembrandt, wrote in his diary:
“God expressly did not complete His
creation. In His endless love and wisdom He gave it over
into human hands. The artist has the lofty duty of
persevering in his art with this completion of creation.
This work is the difficult work upon the eternal image of
Man. This is the challenging path into the spirit.”
Biography: Roland Ulrich was born in Kamenz, former East
Germany. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry and
Agriculture and is a member of the German Gardener’s Guild.
Roland has worked extensively with the resources of
nature, primarily with the bio-dynamic approach to
agriculture and environmental protection. He discovered
Anthroposophy in 1982.
He served seven years as engineer with
non-governmental agencies in developmental projects in
different parts of Africa: Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania,
and Lesotho. He also travelled and worked in other regions
such as Zambia, Zimbabwe and Israel where he observed and
studied the "artistry" in nature.
Roland regards his work with nature
and his art as an attempt at their reconciliation. Currently
he works as a farmer at the Fellowship Community in Spring
Valley, New York. His artistic work began in 1984 with
writing poetry and later, paintings. Although he has no
formal academic training he studied and worked on his own
for many years.
In Germany he has exhibited in
anthroposophical hospitals and retirement homes and recently
completed his first American exhibition at The Fellowship
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