Elke Finkenauer featured in the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2014 with her selected piece Draw A Line Somewhere. This work is a reflection upon the many facets of human nature. No-one who achieves huge success does so alone. Whereas a monument commemorates only heroic qualities, the piece can be considered as an “anti-monument” which instead celebrates the mundane reality of the “everyperson.” It reveals a certain softness, fluidity, brightness and darkness, all compressed into one whole.
Her practice examines different possible approaches to drawing, through engagement with surface, line, gesture and process. In Draw A Line Somewhere, however, Elke has combined the techniques of drawing with those of soft sculpture to produce a “soft drawing.” The materiality of the work hints at 3D but it still exhibits the characteristics of drawing, with a flat surface as a ground and line created through processes of cutting and stitching. While the form appears organic, it is the product of meticulous labour.
Elke comments on her latest projects, “Since being selected as a finalist in the 2014 Aesthetica Art Prize I have been collaborating on an urban wetland project in Auckland,New Zealand, with urban designers, Boffa Miskell. Working on a large scale, the concept I have developed for the project utilises line as a primary gesture, referencing the transitional nature of the wetland site as an environmental and social space. I have also recently been selected as a finalist in the National Contemporary Art Award, and in early September will be relocating to Glasgow to study a Master of Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art.”
The Aesthetica Art Prize is open for entries until 31 August 2014. The Judging Panel features artist Anna Vogel; Dr Sam Lackey, Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield; Matthew Flowers, Managing Director of Flowers; Professor Rob Dickins, CBE; and Whitney Hintz, Independent Advisor and Curator at Hiscox among others. Prizes include £5,000 courtesy of Hiscox, exhibition, editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine, publication, art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton and art books by Prestel.
For more details and to enter visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize.
1. Elke Finkenauer, Draw A Line Somewhere. Aesthetica Art Prize: Painting and Drawing Finalist. Courtesy of Jim Poyner.
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