Christiane Löhr's work stems from direct contact with nature in which she finds the elements and signs of her expressive language. The artist is guided by the same internal geometry as her materials, in such a manner as to realize surprisingly light and fragile yet powerful and sturdy, fluctuating architectures which reveal her experimental interest for space together with her constant attention to the intimate, secret world of things. Surface and space are the primary themes of her drawings. Her linear structures “grow” from a point on the bottom of the page to the upper margins, and develop what she terms as “exiting outflow, from the interior to the exterior”. In appearance, they seem to be able to grow infinitely and take over the room.
“I have always drawn, it is a major part of my work. When I began, my drawings were quite small. It took a lot of time before they got larger. Now I work on drawings that are taller than I am.
Drawing is very closely related to the body, and I need to develop a specific inner attitude with each new format. The paper and its format and surface, then the mean I use - graphite, oil, stick, or sometimes a very fluid ink - are all very important elements for me.
The one thing that ties the drawings and the objects together, is space. I search for a movement that will guide the line, then it becomes an issue of composition and the balance that I try to attain by adding more lines. I work serially. One sheet grows out of the other. Sometimes it seems that the second sheet resembles the first, and the third the second. But when I look at the first and the last sheets, suddenly there is this huge arc, a path that only becomes possible through that process.”
Excerpt from: “Christiane Löhr in Conversation with Claudia Dichter” in: Cristiane Lohr, Hatje Cantz, Berlin 2020
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