Jen Aitken, gesso and ink on paper, 2018

The Canadian Jen Aitken casts ground sculptures from concrete, evoking the Brutalism of architecture. On the one hand her work is solid, on the other hand it is delicate. They are recurring shapes, as if they are concrete puzzles. Her work invites the viewer to observe and discover the logic of a construction. They have a discrete presence and their texture has a subtle coloured surface.

Her work with ink explains her fluent visual language with attention to the “peripheral spaces”. She demarcates a space, creating at the same time a completely new space. With her ink on vellum, Aitken connects a pattern of surface lines with an innuendo of sunken lines, suggesting that the actual drawing continues elsewhere, a duality between the visual and the memory.


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