The abstract acrylic and oil paintings by Tomma Abts (born 1967) are often the product of a lengthy painting process. The strict geometrical compositions of the works do not refer to something seen, but develop from the logic of the multiple superimposed layers of colour. Nevertheless, figurative approximations can be recognised, such as mask-like faces, architectural constructs and ornamental graphic structures. This artist's work is a balancing act, because for her the painting must succeed: each detail and each form in Tomma Abts' paintings participate in an internal drama where movement, light and shimmering fore- and backgrounds play an important role. Although the paintings exhibit features of a series due to their identical forms and the repetitive geometrical elements, they are always individual works.