Kristin Evensen’s pencil drawings are monumental despite their small formats.From a distance, the drawings look like dark, almost monochrome surfaces. Only on closer inspection do we recognize excerpts of urban architecture and industrial sites.
Even though the drawings are small, they manifest the artist’s painstaking work process. Countless hours are needed to finish a single drawing. In the lengthy process, Evensen adds layer upon layer of graphite – from the lightest grey to the deepest black – building the composition within the small space. Finally the drawing is finished, silky and dense.
The motifs stem from places around Kristiansand and from trips the artist has taken in Norway and internationally. These she has photographed and then drawn. The motifs, as a rule, are devoid of people. In the few cases where we do see people, they glide in as functional components of the architectural or industrial environment. The forms, proportions and range of dark-light values help build a silence, an atmosphere and a rhythm in the motifs.
New works by Evensen will be on show in one of SKMU’s 1st floor galleries.
Kristin Evensen (b. 1965) lives and works in Kristiansand. She studied at the National Academy of Art in Oslo from 1993-97. Her works have been purchased by, among others, the National Museum for Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo and SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum.
Folder A5 Kristin Evensen