‘Nada Nadja’ (Drawings 1984), ink on plate, 30cm x 21cm
The ‘Nada Nadja’ drawing includes playful variations on the names of Dutch ‘art supremos’. For example Frans Haks as ‘clockface’, registering the Zeitgeist. Among other things, a guitar with no strings is visible in the figuration. A hand is portrayed with five letters apportioned over the finger tips. The image refers to the iconic title ‘Nadja’ from Surrealism. The title ‘Nadja’ is echoed in the written word ‘Nada’, which means ‘nothing’.
Drawings from 1984, fished out of the dustbin. A mixture of visual puns and rhymes, twisted titles and names. The series is about art, artworks and trends in the art world of the time that have now become art history. The four early drawings may also be seen as a portrait of the artist at the age of seventeen.
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