The Yellow Series
The Yellow Series" by German artist Annelie Jagenholz
Review by Stefan Fiedorowicz
"There is nothing more exciting than seeing how an artist can find inspiration anywhere: from an out-of-this –world idea and then breathe life into it, to bring it into being which is then interpreted uniquely by every individual who sees it. Such is the works by German artist, Annelie Jagenholz. Her drawings can incite contemplation of a subject matter, elicit a visceral response, and become a timeless source of inspiration. Her motivation behind her work is to communicate an emotion and create a sense of intimacy between the viewer and the subject.
In her most recent series entitled, “The Yellow Series”, she does precisely that. These compelling narratives give the viewer a message and sometimes subtle hints. It is the extraordinary detail and wholeness of her imagination that make them impressive. Her stylishly rich method of using ink and acrylic on paper enables her to take us on a voyage, an exploration of her inner self and leads us to a place where we can ponder our own psyche and contemplate the human condition. In her own words she states that she “wants us to feel an emotion and to see beyond what the viewer sees and to even ask questions about themselves.” With works entitled “Holding This Dream”, “Reflection”, “Envy”, “Kiss”, “Meditation” and “Crack” shows many aspects of human life, moving and all-encompassing emotional frailty and where joy and sorrow may even exist in the same place. There is a story of human vulnerability and certainly emotional overtones of humanity in each of her drawings. There are elements which are thought provoking and which can create a mood prompting the desire to know more.
This artist seems to want to open a portal to some aspect of ourselves that we find recognizable, perhaps even portals into our souls. Jagenholz’s work is unusually clever with a combination of dazzling charm and inventive technique. Floating and haphazard lines done with ink are rhythmically positioned and dominate the foreground while human figures do not seem to take a central position but are very obvious to the viewer. The ink and acrylic blots add an interesting aspect to the drawing. Upon further contemplation her figuratives prove to be and then become the cornerstones of her pictorial repertoire. The series of drawings is cohesively embraced by an invigorated and deliberate, if not unruly, chromatic logic.
Jagenholz invites us into a world whereby we become engaged in feeling some kind of emotion and is motivated by the desire to translate energy into her work. Her drawings have been exhibited in Germany, France and in Greece where she currently resides. She states that music and literature are two main interests in her life. She at times goes through different “phases of work” which she refers to as “doing phases”. She says that “when her paper speaks to her, she then works.” Her work is ignited by a spark, a spark which then burns into a flame."