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Ingrid Calame

#1018 Drawing (Stiftung Zollverein, Essen, Germany), 2015

Pigment on Mylar
30 × 30 in
76.2 × 76.2 cm
location
Cologne
About the work
Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
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Courtesy Galerie Anke Schmidt
Ingrid Calame
American, b. 1965
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Driven by her desire to “know the world,” Ingrid Calame has been tracing the marks on its surface, turning them into intricately patterned paintings, drawings, prints, and murals, for nearly 20 years. As she explains: “the idea was that the whole surface of the world is a potential drawing. I can’t trace the whole world, so I’m tracing a fragment. I’m interested in how impossible it is for us to represent something as huge as the world.” Her tracings have taken her across the globe, to places like Seoul, South Korea, where she transcribed a badly weathered one-way sign. In a meticulous process, Calame and her team trace in situ, then layer the tracings and fill in their marks with colored pencil and pigment, forming abstract patterns that are, in fact, exact representations of the places she records.

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About the work
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Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
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Courtesy Galerie Anke Schmidt
Ingrid Calame
American, b. 1965
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Driven by her desire to “know the world,” Ingrid Calame has been tracing the marks on its surface, turning them into intricately patterned paintings, drawings, prints, and murals, for nearly 20 years. As she explains: “the idea was that the whole surface of the world is a potential drawing. I can’t trace the whole world, so I’m tracing a fragment. I’m interested in how impossible it is for us to represent something as huge as the world.” Her tracings have taken her across the globe, to places like Seoul, South Korea, where she transcribed a badly weathered one-way sign. In a meticulous process, Calame and her team trace in situ, then layer the tracings and fill in their marks with colored pencil and pigment, forming abstract patterns that are, in fact, exact representations of the places she records.

Ingrid Calame

#1018 Drawing (Stiftung Zollverein, Essen, Germany), 2015

Pigment on Mylar
30 × 30 in
76.2 × 76.2 cm
location
Cologne
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