Q: If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
Q: What is the most valuable thing you own?
Q: Would you want to know the future? Why/why not?
No. Not knowing is the fun part.
Q: What song has a personal meaning to you and why?
Uff. The list is endless ... America “Horse with no name”. It reminds me of my childhood - one of my favorite songs that came out of the old radio in our kitchen. Apart from that, it’s a beautiful song.
Bettina Krieg’s works consciously refrain from giving answers to questions of length, beginning, and ending. Her drawings have no titles. They depict nothing concrete, but challenge the imagination of the unsuspecting viewer. The artist is holding up a mirror – the images we discover reflect our own imaginations. Allow us to give in to the drawings, and see organs, muscle fibers, swallows, bays, heart sounds, frequencies or mountain landscapes. Not only their conceivable topics, but also the aesthetics of the exhibited drawings vary. Some remind us of comic-like mangas, others of gloomy etchings by Goya.
In her earlier works the artist photographed urban motifs, from which she developed graphic shapes and patterns. In this way she wove machinery parts and plant growths into complex microcosms on paper. In contrast, her recent works are based on a single element: the structure of water. This pattern does not originate from her photo archives, but from drawings which were made in Istanbul in 2012. Years ago Bettina Krieg grew fascinated with water and its depictions as we know them from copper engravings from the 15. century. The artist’s lines are inspired by the old masters. Clear, curved strokes, interrupted by gaps of luminous white, pervade her work. But Bettina Krieg’s lines do not keep to the motif of water, but grow organically into something new and undefined. They adopt three-dimensional features and pull us into an optical current.
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 StiftungKunstfond Bonn (2012). (2016) Bettina Krieg was teaching drawing at theInternational Summer Academy in Dresden.
Text by Lisa Sintermann