In his work, Mathias Roloff deals with the dependencies to which the human individual is subjected to his actions. He examines the extent to which the dualism of external influences and one's values contributes to a permanent shift in self-imposed moral boundaries.
He creates mystical, mythical, and at the same time, realistic visual worlds in which he dissolves the boundaries between epochs and species.
His landscapes symbolize the outwardly turned inner world. They reflect feelings, passions, moods, and states of mind. At the same time, they leave a lot of room for interpretation. It is difficult to tell whether they are dramatic nocturnal pieces or nebulous morning landscapes.
Grown in Eastern Germany during the collapse of the Soviet Union, Mathias Roloff’s work is undeniably influenced by the prevailing circumstances of the beginning of the new era. The subsequent rise of capitalism and the overweening consumption flooding society are issues that have a lasting impact on his work.
“Mathias’s works can be seen as parts of a dystopian fantasy backdrop. In doing so, he draws an arc from the Flemish landscape painting of the 16th century to Paul Klee’s color fields, based on a mixture of representationalism and pictorial relationships.”