My animals and animal-like creatures show emotions and feelings, They interact with each other and communicate like human beings.
I am a fan of Japanese ink drawings and woodblock prints. Simplicity and reduction are important means of traditional Japanese depictions. Using just simple black ink and carefully curated white space, the timeless beauty and complexity of the natural world is captured. Its not figurative, it’s not abstract – it’s a mixture of both aspects, fixing one moment of beeing, like at Yamada Hogyoku´s Bat and Moon from 1830. I never tried to copy this style, but there is a big influence on my attitude dealing with my own drawings.
This summer I suddenly discovered, that I can watch bats from my flat in the evening. I was very surprised and touched, and soon they appeared in my drawings too.
Every time I went to the zoo with my father, we had to visit the crocodiles. Looking down from a small bridge, I could take a look to the back of the reptiles, frightening and fascinated at the same time. They nearly did not move and their mouth were wide open. Although getting goose bumps, I felt very close to my friends.
When these four crocodiles appeared in my drawing, I remembered the zoo, my father and the feelings accompanying my crocodile-adventures. They got a very friendly expression now.
Pairs are one of my preferred topics. I like the space between two creatures, where the looker-on has the possibility to create his/her own idea of relationship and interaction.
Humor is an important aspect in my life, and at my drawings too. I prefer a subtle kind of humor – not making a fool of somebody, but showing some amiable absurdities of situations or habitudes. you will find these aspects in my drawings too.
wonderful collaboration of dance / bea von schrader, visuals / tagtool / die.puntigam, electronics, piano / martin kratochwil at the urhof20, an art center at Grünbach am Schneeberg/Austria, 2014.
“I like chaos” – this was the main sentence of Koichi, a japanese guy, I met in Marrakesch many years ago. We shared the same hostel and hit that crazy town together. We neary could not talk with each other because of lack of language knowledge, but we became friends for a few days. When i did this drawing, suddenly I remembered him, after such a long time, and I felt sad having lost contact to him. So I decided to dedicate this drawing to him.
11,7 X 8,3 IN (21 X 29,7 CM)
…and a sheet of paper.I like this simple setting.No preparations necessarily. The flow of inspiration can be transformed directly, just using my hand and these simple materials. After trying different possibilities, I found out this to be my preferred media. There is enough place for spontaneous expression to “celebrate” the beauty of the moment.
Sometimes a drawing demands just a few lines. Stopping the drawing process in the right moment is a big challenge. I like my mosquito, every line makes sense and seems to be at the right place.
I like the idea just using a pencil and a sheet of paper. A simple setting like that opens a lot of space for spontaneous interactions with my creativity. I don´t have to take care of complicated materials and preparations. Just sitting down and let it flow, everywhere, at any moment when i feel inspired.