Bettina Carl’s artistic practice focuses on drawing. While her multi-layered compositions evade a narrative approach, often verging on abstraction, her work remains figurative. For the past couple of years, corporeality has been the predominant issue of her work, more precisely the unresolved, and often rather silly relations we are doomed to maintain to our physical selves.
Inspite of their simple materiality, Bettina Carl's drawings reveal an exuberant fascination with the sensual possibilities of her medium. Carl's imagery draws on many sources, ranging from electro punk music, renaissance painting, to queer studies, bad design and the mundane beauty of trees and ageing bodies- to mention only a few. Writers like Virginia Wolf, David Foster Wallace or Roberto Bolaño have also been highly influential for her. While works on paper are at the heart of Bettina Carls's practice, the artist has also been acknowledged for her installations, combining drawings with found objects, verbal quotes, and texts of her own.
"(…) The colourful, sometimes “light-handed” drawings can be read as commentaries: on concepts of the body and the emotionality of physicality, on ideas of the animal as something uncontrollable that eludes rational access. Bettina Carl pursues these themes with great consistency. Moreover, her interest in ever new approaches and perspectives is impressive, turning each group of works into a concise, individual investigation of content and means of expression.”
(excerpt from a text by art historian Irene Müller, published in 'Kunstbulletin', October 2020, introducing Bettina Carl's solo show "Take A Bone From a Dog", at DuflonRacz Brussels).
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