The best's to come, VAN HORN, düssledorf, Germany
January 13 - March 3, 2007
Ink and acrylic on papier-maché, over wooden and chicken wire armature, 3 x 3 x 3 meters
In her second solo-exhibition at VAN HORN, Holten presents two large-scale pieces that are a development from her ongoing exploration of ecological concerns. Through her recycling of low-tech materials, Holten characteristically creates 'drawn objects' that lie somewhere between functional object and discarded refuse. A globe, 3 meters in diameter, is literally constructed from current affairs, as it is moulded from newspapers (Die Welt). The news has been obliterated as the surface is painted white and the new world has been drawn in black. As it is drawn from memory, the world map becomes an unfamiliar image. Landmasses are enlarged, distorted or sometimes forgotten altogether. Perhaps the changing shorelines that Holten draws will be the world some time in the future, or as it was some time in the past? The accompanying drawing (4.41 x 3m) is entitled The Last High and presents an image of intense meteorological turmoil, as low fronts and high fronts collide and condense, mirroring recent walks taken by the artist in the Himalayas.