The assigned figure

Linda Karshan in her performance @ Gallery „Ursula Walter“, Dresden, Germany, 02.12.2016


 The Assigned Figure; the moving figure assigned to me
                                                      1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 Turn
                                                      1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 Turn
The moving figure ‚assigned to me‘ has served my artistic purposes on paper, copperplate, the woodblock and lithographic stone since it appeared on 1994.
So deeply embodied is this ‚choreography‘ that I can perform it ‚on cue‘, in space and in time.
At the Galerie Ursula Walter in Dresden, 1 December, 2016, my ‚Drypoint Woodcut for Dresden‘ provided the perfect backdrop for the dance.
The deeply incised white lines of the woodcut can be understood as my skeleton, or even as a hieroglyph: a sacred carving:
                                              hiero/scared;  glyph/carving, coming from the Greek
                                                              Always upright and alert.  ‚It’s a Greek Thing‘
‚They told me that the Truth of the Universe is inscribed into our very bones. That the human skeleton is itself a hieroglyph.‘
                          Saul Bellow, ‚Something to Remember Me By: Three Tales (1991)
                                                                                                                                          Linda Karshan, 2 March 2017