»›To draw‹ is at once to give birth to form – to give birth in letting it be born,« the French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy wrote in his essay The Pleasure of Drawing. 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 bear witness to an inexhaustible curiosity and a great devotion to the act of drawing, as well as to the power of the human imagination.
In this video Bettina adds the final touches to her work BK P7989 | Untitled. The song, ›Pacifico for Bettina‹ by Jon Jacobs Bourne, was being composed simultaneously.
Bettina Krieg (born 1981 in Würzburg) studied visual arts at the Berlin University of the Arts, the École Supérieur des Beaux Arts Marseille and the National University Canberra. 2009 she completed her final year project with Daniel Richter, Robert Lucander und Hans Jürgen Diehl, and was awarded the title of “Meisterschüler” for outstanding achievement. She has already been awarded many prizes, including stipends from the Villa Aurora Los Angeles (2010) and the Stiftung Kunstfond Bonn (2012). Last summer (2016) Bettina Krieg was teaching drawing at the International Summer Academy in Dresden.