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Ines Spanier

  • About the artist


    2016-2018  Meisterschülerin / Master Student of Prof. Ingo Meller, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig / HGB Leipzig


    2014 visiting semester at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem with Prof. Joshua Borkovsky and Prof. Drora Domini


    2009 - 2016 Studies in fine art and graphic art at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design with Prof. Alexander Roob


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  • About the work

    In my work I am concerned with the graphic exploration of human everyday traces and their translation into an imaginary, archaeological space. I use my own photographs of surfaces and structures from my everyday surroundings. In this way, over the past few years I have created a steadily growing archive of templates that serve as motifs for me. 


    From this archive I select photos of a certain theme that seem interesting to me and which I would like to explore further in the drawing. Before I start a new drawing, I only have a rough idea of what the finished picture might look like. I proceed very intuitively. So I choose a photo that fascinates me the most and start by transferring a section with a pencil onto the paper. From there, I continue to work my way forward, stop when a photo no longer appeals to me, and select a new one that I combine with the drawing I have begun. In this way, the work behaves like a living organism that is constantly growing and developing new forms and shapes that move further and further away from the original motif.  


    The motifs never originate from a specific search for suitable photographic templates - rather, I encounter them by chance. This element of the unexpected, the non-intentional and the aleatory is very important to me in my work. I am not concerned with staging and composition, but with a morphogenetic process that more or less controls itself, with a drawing that appears mimetic in detail and in the moment, but is in its process an infinitely slow, automatic writing. What all motifs have in common is the capture and preservation of human traces. For some years now, I have been concerned with the question: What remains of a human being? I have always been interested in the signs and impressions that a human being leaves behind on earth, in the investigation of artefacts that have developed their own pattern, a new structure over time. Combining various photographs of these human traces, the core of my work lies in transferring the distillation of (time) traces and (time) testimonies of people into a drawing.


    Text in German provided by the artist

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