mercredi 15 juin 2016

"Full screen" drawings 2013 - 2017

2017       220 x 270 cm      Charcoal on canvas

2016      View of the studio

2014       220 x 270 cm    Charcoal on canvas


2014     220 x 270 cm     Charcoal on canvas

2014     220 x 270 cm     Charcoal on canvas

2016     220 x 270 cm     Charcoal on canvas

2013     217 x 220 cm    Charcoal on canvas

2013     217 x 220 cm    Charcoal on canvas

Everyday life is strange, when grown in a strange land.
Thomas Mann, The magic mountain

For the last 10 years I have been concentrating mainly on large scale charcoal drawings on canvas, in which ambiguous figures coexist within fragmentary unknown landscapes.  In my drawings, a combination of multiple elements, both familiar - alien merged, so that they will express an unstable situation existing between multiple realities.
In my work, I want to provoke a sense of oscillation and uncertainty about where we really stand, through a dialogue of different levels of representation. The construction method of these drawings is vital for me, and involves the linking of forms through a controlled yet unpredictable and intuitive process. Successive layers of charcoal are arranged and rearranged in the same manner that meaning can be derived through the association of diverse ideas . This escalating process allows the creation of a channel between the conscious and the subconscious.

"Katerina Christidi works with black. She uses the tools of a painter to make drawings on large canvases stretched directly on the wall. They are not abstract. They are a figuration of the body and the body of the drawing. She uses charcoal to make the black, attested to by the traces of black dust in her atelier. Her method is to connect ends to ends. She draws, takes notes on bits of paper, finds other images, other notes. Joins them together. And then gets to work on a large drawing. Here we have some of her recipes for drawing. And the texts are a way to get closer to those drawings, to experience them. They create a visual effect, of course. And also a narrative experience in the recognition of oddly familiar images. Then there is still another element. One the artist produces through the physical, narrative, mythical dimensions of the drawings. The sense of touch. Her drawings touch this body of black. They embody the touch. This body, so fragile that if you insist too much, you will break the tip of your nose. Nevertheless, reach out your hand - be touched."

Textes by Katerina Christidi and Emil Sennewald 

3 photo by Anne Solange Gaulier    2,,4,5,6  Photos by Raphael Chipault

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