So close but so far 4 Drawing by Julia Holtmann

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So close but so far 4

Julia Holtmann

Spain

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Size: 13.4 W x 18.5 H x 0.4 in

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Drawing: Pencil, Crayon, Ink, Watercolour on Paper.

As a drawing consists of an arrangement of marks and lines, life could be described as an accumulation of links which constantly relink; a place in constant change, exchange and flow, where actions and beliefs from the past intervene with the presence. This parallelism plays a role particularly in the series 'SO CLOSE BUT SO FAR' (2013) comprising five works.
The title refers to an attempt to show something in detail and from a distance simultaneously. It indicates the human dilemma of physically still being a part of the cycle of nature, while having been emancipated from it by culture and therefore suffering from the contradicition of being disconnected and yet dependend. According to the philosopher Erich Fromm, this disruption must result in a lifelong human longing for entity. The technique was developed analogue to this thesis.
After the paper had been stretched on to board, it was randomly treated with splashes of watercolour and ink. Having a first layer of chaos, the next layers were added with fine pencils and crayons.
Those pencil marks become thread-like lines that play a big role in linking layers and structuring 'chaos', while in places they suggest the fractured presence of domesticity: the cosy human world interwoven with rough and vast landscapes.


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Landscape

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