Nathania Rubin

Wall Drawings

Sylvia and Ted Sketchbook

Sylvia and Ted Sketchbook, 2012
Wall Drawing Installation in The Bonnefanten Museum | Maastricht, NL
Graphite, Charcoal and Ink | 15m x 5m
photo is © Peter Cox | courtesy Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht

Subjects of the wall drawing are Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes and their newborn baby. The piece was created on site at the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht, the Netherlands. It was shown in conjunction with the animation I Think I Made You Up Inside My Head which involves a performance of the Sylvia Plath poem, Mad Girl Love Song.

The primary image is offered as a diptych, varying scale and gestural methods; the second is created via erasure. Sketched out entities bookending the two clearer representations involve the component parts of each of the primary subjects, now separated: Ted to the left and Sylvia to the right. The parts are reassembled in dysmorphic configurations of varying scale.

Crowded Wall Drawing, 2011

Crowded Wall Drawing, 2011
Webster Leiden Art Gallery | Leiden, NL
Graphite, Charcoal and Ink on Gallery Wall | 11m x 3m
Photos by Daniel Mirer and Romy Finke

Text by Malia Bloedon, curator of Crowded Installation:

Crowded, by Nathania Rubin explores transformation and fragmentation of identity through drawing and animation. She has spent the week prior to the show working on a series of drawings directly on the walls of the gallery.

The animation was produced over a period of seven months by hand drawing each frame and then slightly changing the form through additional lines or by erasing parts of the frame, so that each drawing exists only while it is being photographed. The ephemerality of the animation is mirrored by the temporary nature of the wall drawings, which will be painted over at the end of the show.

The content of the animation was produced in a spontaneous and subconscious manner by reacting to the graphite and erasure marks to guide the development of the emerging forms. The wall drawings emerged in a similar way with many different layers of lines and with characters and objects that have a fluid identity. The characters and objects on the wall relate to the world within the animation but are not necessarily the same.

The identities of the characters and objects are unpredictable and undefined, in the same way that self perception is constantly changing based on interactions with others and what we choose to remember and forget about these experiences. This constant change leaves the characters vulnerable and without a stable identity and they become fragmented into several beings.