Darker Landscapes

O.T., 2015

Graphit auf Leinwand / Graphite on Canvas
40x60cm

O.T., 2012

Graphit auf Leinwand / Graphite on Canvas
40x60cm

Michaela Math, who draws countless pencil lines onto paper or often directly onto a wall until she has completely filled a – frequently oval, mirror-shaped – surface evinces a very special attitude to time. Thus the artist, who otherwise depicts animal, vegetal or simply just organic forms fashioned on models from scientific or popular literature, achieves her principal aim: to embody her own presence. She is present in the traced graphite surfaces, in the evidence of the protracted process of applying lines with a pencil; in the time made corporeal, in the sequence of the countless instances of fleeting present moments. And it is precisely in the works on which Michaela Math spends the most time making a smooth, mirror-like surface with her fine lines, that those past moments are raised to the level of the present, living time. (...) while modernist reduction aimed at universality, the object of painting today is to deal with different specific realities by the way of deconstruction. Painting today does not aspire to universal truths but rather wants to function in real time. Or, in other words, it wants to organize time in its own way.

Zdenka Badovinac, Urgent Painting, Katalog Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris 2002