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For those who love drawings, Alexandra Roozen's work is an absolute delight. Her extensive technical research and the absorbing effect of her drawings are not only a feast for the eyes, but also an enigmatic sensation. Questions that inevitably arise: What exactly am I looking at? Where do all those detailed marks, lines and traces come from? What do they want to tell me? Yet a sense of wonder and beauty dominate, since no matter how perfect Roozen's execution may be, her drawings and reliefs in paper never look sterile. Roozen's love for and knowledge of the medium result in an oeuvre that is as elusive as it is soothing. In her essay 'Sensing Traces' (2019), art historian Nanette Kraaikamp writes the following about Roozen's work: “The almost mechanical and controlled appearance [of her drawings, ed.] conflicts with the physical presence, the strong materiality of the paper and the graphite, but especially with the traditional, physical production process that underlies the drawings. It is therefore these relationships, between the physical and the mechanical, between the material and the analytical and between the use of rules and the occurrence of irregularities, that play an essential role in Roozen's artistic practice.” In the film Seen by Hand (2017-2019), the work process is visualised, partly through the sound of the materials and tools used by Roozen. This auditory aspect gives the creative process an extra sensory dimension that extends the boundaries of the medium. However, what lingers most after viewing Roozen's works on paper is the sense of having been given a glance into a world that does not exist, but for which we long. The viewer feels safe in Roozen's work because nothing seems to have been left to chance. Everything is as it should be, as a result of which the work offers views the opportunity to exist and experience.
Represented by Galerie Roger Katwijk, NL = US art, Galerie Wilms