personal present, 2015

ink, charcoal and scented massage oil on paper, A0 (84,1 x 118,9 cm)


This drawing explores the meaning of present as gift, and as now or being in a certain place at a certain time. I used massage oil on the paper as a substitution for the natural fat and smell a living body produces, to intensify the traces of presence someone leaves on a piece of paper. The charcoal on the paper sticks to the fingers, fades and reappears in other places of the paper, keeping the work in a continuous state of change every time it is being manipulated/touched. The ink is the element that stays the same since the moment it touched the paper. The meaning of ”gift” in this work is being in a perpetual here and now, being present.