Petra Kempf: Crossing Lines II
In Dialogues Two, written in 1987, Gilles Deleuze made the case that “It is never the beginning or the end which are interesting; the beginning and the end are points. What is interesting is the middle.” Translated to the act of drawing, this statement suggests that the line — the most basic aspect of drawing — is not about its beginning and end points, but about the middle, the in-between.
The line can therefore be an agent representing the in-between, through which the process of constant becoming unfolds. Thus, the act of drawing may be perceived as something temporal and dynamic — a concept in which the line embodies a process that is forever adjusting, always dynamic, in motion. The points themselves no longer determine the course of the path; the line between does. It is in action.
Crossing Lines II explores the unfolding of place through the act of drawing. Each drawing sets out to record passages through time — pathways that form a journey in which a subject is continually crossing a line to bring forward place. As place unfolds, so is the line, in a continuous process, forever changing, adjusting to new situations. With each new moment arising, new lines are being crossed, new positions are being "negotiated" — both in space and time. Crossing Lines is the ongoing investigation of inhabiting a liminal space in transit through which one marks, transforms and negotiates new positions — a process by which we continually reposition ourselves. It is from this vantage point that the subject interprets, memorizes, and records the constant becoming of place. Accordingly, each drawing resembles a moment in time that comes together from diverse sources, assembled into an overlay of various impressions, whose constellations cannot be controlled or attributed to a universal rational. While the subject translates fragments of the perceived environment into lines, new stories unfold — stories that will give rise to a different understanding and perception of a place.