In January 2020 I am making myself a dogma for my graduation works. I want to make works on duvet sheets. I cover the five duvet sheets with a thick coat of wall paint which makes the sheet inflexible. Afterwards, I thoroughly crumble the sheets until they become crackled and shattered. I want to successfully make failed canvases.

The failed canvas is now an undeniable, unescapable part of the work. It can no longer simply support and enhance the visual. The paint has to learn how to function with the failed canvas. Throughout the proces of learning this strange relationship, I discover a certain reinforcement of struggle on my own behalf. I want to constantly be in and out of control and I manage that by applying way too much turpentine, way too fat linseed oil, way too small and too cheap brushes. I like it when my material fails and my work wins.

Admittedly, I don’t have much power over their turnouts. Sometimes they tell stories I don’t even know about myself. They become archeological sites for a different timeline. I am just a discover, still trying to shape my mind around what it wants to do - why here and why now?
Works exhibited:
Old Bread, 2020, Oil paint on duvet sheet, foam, 180 cm x 120 cm x 9 cm
Fossil, 2020, Oil paint and oil crayons mixed with linseed oil on duvet sheet, duvets, ceramic clay, 140 cm x 200 cm x ca. 10 cm
Cartography, 2020, Oil crayons mixed with linseed oil on duvet sheet, duvets, ceramic clay, 140 cm x 200 cm x ca. 10 cm
Site, 2020, Oil paint, oil crayons mixed with linseed oil and turpentine on duvet sheet, foam, 190 cm x 130 cm x 9 cm
Exhausted from being, 2020, Oil paint, oil crayons, and linseed oil on duvet sheet, foam, ceramic clay, 200 cm x 140 cm x 5 cm
Untitled (bended face), 2020, Ceramic clay, 27 cm x 29 cm x 21 cm
Untitled (thumbnail), 2020, Oil paint on cardboard, ceramic clay, 37 cm x 48 cm
Exhausted from being (left wall), Untitled (bended face) (corner), Untitled (thumbnail) (right wall), and Fossil (floor)
Photograph by Eric de Vries
Exhausted from being (left picture) and detail of Cartography (right picture)
Photographs by Clara Berger
Untitled (bended face) (left picture) and installation shot including Untitled (thumbnail), Fossil, and Cartography (right picture)
Photographs by Clara Berger
Detail of Fossil
Photograph by Clara Berger
Old Bread (left picture) and Site and Cartography (right picture)
Photographs by Clara Berger (left) and Eric de Vries (right)
Site
Photograph by Clara Berger
Rosa Zangenberg, 06.06.1995, Copenhagen, Denmark
Visual artist based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
contact: rosa-mz@hotmail.com
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