Drawings as The Secret of Characters

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Maren Karlson is a Berlin-based illustrator has a style of abstract combine with still life and portrait demonstrating a fresh and new perspective of the female in every bold characteristic should have.

From the interview by The Editorial Magazine to talk about her artworks. As a young girl, Karlson always felt very strongly that no matter what she did, no one would take me seriously. She figured it must have been because she looked younger than she was. Anything she did was called “cute”.[1]

Karlson is using the female character in her drawings as an outlet for the secret wish to be more intimidating, less cute, more assertive and less nice. The character she made basically embodies everything she has always wanted to be.

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My Fortress

For Karlson feels it is important to portray a female that is expression extreme emotions; anger, fear, resentment, rage, shadenfreude-aggression which is not an emotion of young girl express freely.

She wants to draw girls who are unafraid of spoiling the fun, who demand the expression of feeling, who are proud to ruin an atmosphere that shames women for speaking up, who confidently take up the space they deserve, and who will never be scared into being silent because they have nothing to lose.

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Dungeon Baby

Karlson is more in control freak to her creation process, she plans them out down to the very finest detail. These days she has come to think that it is also important to let go and not censor yourself before have even made anything. When trying to create without thinking or judging while she does it, and accept any idea, no matter how “bad” she thinks it is. There will always be time for judgment later.

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2 Private Eyes

Karlson says it’s been very luxurious to live in Berlin as an artist. Berlin sometimes that she feels like a lot of people stay isolated, they don’t really care about meeting new people because they “already have friends.” She’s not seriously complaining because she has some amazing and inspiring friends who are really supportive, which she really thankful for.

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Art Bug

Marlen Karlson

@maletearz69

Selfscape

When art involves conscious for decision-making and portrait reflects self-consciousness, then what exactly the message or meaning of portrait? Why do certain artists decide to create other people as an object as a visual archives of presence and somehow decidedly so in a particular time and space? The question declares itself; “Describing existence of one particular object”.

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Portrait painting of someone we know and stranger are often having a common issue: it’s not about the familiarity (resemblance) of the subject and the vision into a painting. Most of party are stated portrait painting is about imitation from ‘mimesis’ which are from classic Geek philosophy, Plato. Hand-Georg Gadamer said ‘mimesis’ is widely known “has the sense of ‘making the absent present”. To actualized of ‘nothing’ into ‘something’. When there are many of interpretation of Portrait itself. To manifest idea into physical. Xie Dongming as the most well-known realism painter from China.[1]

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Through paintings Dongming not only noted as ‘existed’ but actualized the idea of life and culture of China. Dongming creates the portrait not fully realism but also expressionism at the same time. The power of the expression from the paintings also giving us the idea of identity through the technique and color material. He could brought us to get close to our feelings to whom see it, also summarized his or ourselves experiences of live interaction that contained intention of appreciation and value.

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The result that he want to reach, not only for the value of ‘accuracy’ about certain situation or events but the accession of experiences of beauty. The portrait tells manifestation of reaching its own beauty, rather than fully speaking for the object instead.

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Exhibition

Selfscape by Xie Dongming
15–24 February 2017  |   10.00 – 18.00 WIB
Gedung D Galeri Nasional Indonesia


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