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Gouache and crayons over pencil and ink on endpapers of a book
Monogrammed and dated lower left: “KK 2019”
Berlin-based artist Kristin Kolb’s imagery is inherently realistic but it also has a touch of the surreal. She sources her subject matter in the animal world, basing her drawings on the meticulous study of native and exotic species. A qualified pharmacist, she displays a sure hand and unerring powers of observation. The old-masterly precision of her draughtsmanship and her virtuoso incorporation of art-historical references are remarkable. Kolb frequently uses antiquarian books as supports for her drawings. Working with coloured crayon, acrylic and Indian ink she incorporates their covers, spines and endpapers as compositional elements, achieving striking visual effects. Signs of wear and age play a major role in the aesthetic impact of her work. The colour, ornamental design and typography of the books not only serve as integral elements of the composition but are also the key to understanding its underlying concept. Authors’ names and book titles play an equally important role, triggering associations and suggesting different levels of meaning.