MARIEKE KRUGER

“An exploration of the sublime through the power of suggestive drawing trace towards the transformation of the self and the other”

ARTIST STATEMENT:

In my body of drawings, I specifically explore the transformative power of suggestion as a means towards containing a certain presence which could lead to an experience of the sublime – specifically the awesome in drawing.

I focus on large scale portrait drawings of the self and the other (in this case, prison inmates with whom I interact) and its relationship to space, thereby, creating a means through which the psychological and spiritual effect of the sublime in drawing is explored and its subsequent transformative effect on the self and the other.

Furthermore, my drawings explore the possible ways in which the sublime would function in the “space between representation and abstraction” contextualizing this specific notion in contemporary drawing practice dealing with the sublime in the 21st Century. I propose that my suggestive portrait drawings function as transformative psychological and spiritual self-objects which would, in certain areas, almost become abstract landscapes in which case the drawing trace itself would start functioning as an autonomous means of communication.

As established in my previous research on the transformative potential of drawing, I affirm that there exists a mutually conducive potential and influence that the interplay between the spiritual and the psychological in the drawing process bring about. Concluding, as a “self-object”, a drawing attains its own ‘silent visual language’ replacing or assisting the role of the therapist, becoming pivotal in a transformative ‘interpersonal dialogue’. Jung (Miller, 2004: 4) claims that the unification of the conscious and unconscious results in “a living birth” that leads to a new level of being, a new situation” (Miller, 2004: 4).

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Lot's Wife
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Judas 1-6
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Horizons of Hope
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Legion I
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Legion II
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Smitten I
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