In her painting Silke Markefka engages with the relationship between present and past. She translates the process of remembering, which connects these cross-sections in time, into the process of painting and in doing so, explores the fine lines between representational and abstract, linear and gestic art, color and black and white. Silke Markefka has found the springboard for her series "Lusters", ongoing since 2004, in grand chandeliers, which she tracks down on visits to historic buildings. Her goal, however, is not the most meticulous rendition possible of the object once viewed, but an image of her recollection of it. She gradually retrieves impressions from memory before framing and crystallizing them in the mind's eye; the whole process finally being reflected in the painting. Out of multiple transparent layers, or outlines that give the appearance of being fleetingly sketched, there ultimately arises the impression of a chandelier, filling the canvas while seeming simultaneously present and absent. In some images, it is only the light of the chandelier that reaches the artist's consciousness and thus the canvas.