Laila Svensgaard: Drawing


Laila Svensgaard


LAILA SVENSGAARD DRAWING is a two-part operation of performance and exhibition. It is an investigation of history, of space, identity and freedom. It embodies a voice from the past, activated in the present and carried into the future.


– My approach to drawing is performative. I consider my drawings traces of my body. My physical body is a container that records the world in which I live. It records sound, motion, colour, smell, texture and so on. My drawings are transcriptions of these recordings. My drawings are made in layers just as the recordings that my body contains are in layers. I keep layering until the complexity of the drawing matches the complexity of the recorded layers in my body.


– I draw on paper with pencil. The material leaves a physical trace of me in the drawing. In the process of making a drawing there is no distinction between the drawing, the material I draw with and on and the body that draws. At that very point of creation the material, the intension and form is united in the one act of drawing.


– Laila Svensgaard, 2016