Bettina Krieg is a visual artist based in Berlin. She is known for her detailed pieces drawn with a paintbrush, a quill and a fineliner on paper. In the artist’s ‘about’ page Lisa Sintermann writes this about her:
“When Bettina Krieg draws, she does so equally intuitively. She allows her lines to grow step by step, without focusing on the result. The line becomes a trace of her concentration and openness in the making. The artist never corrects her hand drawn lines, but leaves them as they were first inscribed. In this way the drawing unfolds – it comes into being.”
“Bettina Krieg’s works consciously refrain from giving answers to questions of length, beginning, and ending. Her drawings have no titles. They depict nothing concrete, but challenge the imagination of the unsuspecting viewer. The artist is holding up a mirror – the images we discover reflect our own imaginations. Allow us to give in to the drawings, and see organs, muscle fibers, swallows, bays, heart sounds, frequencies or mountain landscapes.”
Images: Courtesy of Bettina Krieg.
UK-based textile artist, Matthew Harris, is widely recognized for his textile designs. However, we are featuring his work on paper on this post. His labor intensive fabric collages are dyed, cut and hand stitched but the process of drawing is essential to the finished pieces. He has developed a way to translate these markings and cartoons into cloth. Similar to his fabrics he cuts, patches, pleats and stitches paper to develop his abstract images. He tries whenever possible to exhibith both drawing and cloth together. We are posting some of his cloth work above.
Images: Courtesy of Matthew Harris.
Ruth Asawa, artist and educator, was born in 1926 in Norwalk, California, one of seven children. She is celebrated as a modernist sculptor but her art training at Black Mountain College in North Carolina was in basic design and drawing (some of her works on paper shown above). She never stopped creating drawings, paintings and sculptures and in her later years became an active proponent in art education. She writes this about her teaching philosophy based on her personal experience:
“A child can learn something about color, about design and about observing objects in nature. If you do that, you grow into a greater awareness of things around you. Art will make people better, more highly skilled in thinking and improving whatever business one goes into, or whatever occupation. It makes a person broader.”
Images: Courtesy of the Estate of Ruth Asawa.