Ilse Schrottenbach addresses the ideas of uncertainty, changeability and finiteness.
She tries to conceive the notions of option and dilemma, and to capture non-sharpness with a tangible language.
For this, she uses different practises, which somehow explore and inspire each other that way. This hopefully helps, to keep her course open, vivid and attentive.
In her recent works, she links different elements and layers in terms of time, context and media, and lets them play Ping-Pong.
I started this sketchbook as a diary on my 5 weeks stay in the Thailand jungle. I decided in advance to revisit, rework and comment it from time to time - in Thailand, and then again, after my return - like stepping in and out, and looking at a pattern evolved over time.
It was also very interesting to experiment with the very different textures of the paper, related to the high humidity in the rain forest, and their impact on the flow and rhythm of the lines.
From the drawings and comments, you might read, that I lived there on the banks of a river, surrounded by coconut trees, and that I practiced yoga. Yet it was the process of drawing, which made me perceive the similarities in the “skeleton” of the things around and inside me - the trees, my backbone, my feet, the course of the river. Everything in the book might seem a bit weird – though it just holds on to the thread of trying to see more.
In the course of working in the book, I learned to enjoy the concept of "a sketchbook project per se" more and more, in that it excludes by nature the notion of something "finished" or "perfect". For me, it opens up a space of inner dialogue, and of playfully evolving strings of forms and thoughts, and from that, even - most unintentionally - stories.
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