The new vision
Drawing, as the construction and support of a painting, is the hidden scaffolding covered under several layers of paint on a canvas. It is invisible, but its force and foundation are the very architecture of the final work of art.
Kajsa’s drawings, however, are their own support and they are visible concepts of ideas depicted in black and white. They tell short, symbolic biographies using different models, that each live and breathe their own reality – and this is the essence that makes each alive with its own feelings and desires.
Kajsa nurtures herself with a mix of cultures and traditions, travelling from one place to another, capturing images that tell us stories and transmit unique forms and concepts of how she sees the world. For this exhibition she has chosen textiles as the transmitting medium. In these textiles we discover nostalgic stories about their past lives, her live and the lives of others. They are used fabrics, worn and torn, which have clothed people and kept them warm, but, from a different perspective, perhaps more technical and less literary, I would say they become lines and objects, hollow spaces and filled places. They are charcoal and felt. They are erasers and fingers. They are also textures dreaming of different degrees of tone, with contrasts and soft shadings. They are, in a nutshell, expression.
Titles like “Mantel 1923 Nr.1” (Tablecloth 1923 N.1) confirm what I have said before: it is rich, overwhelming yet subtle and elegantly executed. “Marruecos Nr.2” (Morocco N.2) has oriental arabesques searching the night and the light. “Jersey Sueco” (Swedish Sweater) represents warm wool. “Manta del Rif” (Blanket from the Rif) is fluffy texture. There are many others, like “Almohadones Kilim” (Kilim cushions), “Esmoquin” (Smoking), etc.
Finally, I don´t want to forget the “Bronce Femenino” (Female Bronze), which is a surprising drawing due to its brightness, its intense and cold lights, but, above all, due to the extreme contrast with the fragility and warmth transmitted by the textiles.
In conclusion, I believe this interesting collection of drawings not only forms Kajsa Paoli’s first exhibition, but it also speaks of emotion, of effort, of a leap of faith and of no return by an artist who, seeks and cultivates her New Vision.