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Birgit Rathsmann
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: I am interested in deploying characters as catalysts, who celebrate and play with otherness and adore marginality. My work is deeply rooted in my love for the humanity of the various communities I belong to. Characters are portrayed in narratives that transform humiliated, reduced, debased subjects into protagonists of new narratives of self-reconstruction,, absurdity, love. and humor. This series of drawings explore a number of characters who have rebuilt themselves after a devastating loss in such a way as to integrate the resulting psychic transformation (scar?) into their personality. The drawings posit that making it to the end of every day is like visionary architecture. The characters are drawn over photographs of an abandoned, failed investment construction project, the remaining rebar steel rods gesturing to the skies like clumsy skeletons. In some cases, the drawings have made the leap to sculpture.
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  • The Forecast Is For No Weather.
    2019
    Inkjet photograhoc print, water color, glitter
    12x12"
    One of a series of drawings explore a number of characters who have rebuilt themselves after a devastating loss in such a way as to integrate the resulting psychic transformation (scar?) into their pe

  • Underwater Castello De Esperanza
    2019
    Inkjet photographic print
    12'x12"
    A ruined landscape is submerged

  • I'm Known For Walking Around
    2020
    Ink, water color, pencil
    8.5"x11"
    One of a series of drawings explore a number of characters who have rebuilt themselves after a devastating loss in such a way as to integrate the resulting psychic transformation (scar?) into their pe

  • I just want a lending library for trains
    2020
    felttip pen
    8.5"x11"
    One of a series of drawings explore a number of characters who have rebuilt themselves after a devastating loss in such a way as to integrate the resulting psychic transformation (scar?) into their pe

  • Ghost
    2020
    Inkjet photographic print, watercolor, pen
    12"x12"
    One of a series of drawings explore a number of characters who have rebuilt themselves after a devastating loss in such a way as to integrate the resulting psychic transformation (scar?) into their pe

  • Holding Space For That One Heart Stopping Idea
    2020
    Water Color
    8.5"x11"
    One of a series of drawings explore a number of characters who have rebuilt themselves after a devastating loss in such a way as to integrate the resulting psychic transformation (scar?) into their pe

  • I'm Gonna Have To Sit On This One
    2020
    Water Color
    8.5"x11"
    One of a series of drawings explore a number of characters who have rebuilt themselves after a devastating loss in such a way as to integrate the resulting psychic transformation (scar?) into their pe

  • The Virus Is Behind Me
    2020
    Inkjet Photographic Print, Water Color
    8.5"x11"
    One of a series of drawings explore a number of characters who have rebuilt themselves after a devastating loss in such a way as to integrate the resulting psychic transformation (scar?) into their pe

  • Yo. I was Just Accused Of Underestimating Eternity
    2019
    Color Pencil
    8.5"x11"
    One of a series of drawings explore a number of characters who have rebuilt themselves after a devastating loss in such a way as to integrate the resulting psychic transformation (scar?) into their pe

  • Break A Legging
    2020
    ink on paper
    8.5'x11"
    One of a series of drawings explore a number of characters who have rebuilt themselves after a devastating loss in such a way as to integrate the resulting psychic transformation (scar?) into their pe

  • Underwater Castello De Esperanza
    2019
    Inkjet Photographic Print, Water Color
    12"x12"
    A ruined landscape is submerged

  • Don't Compromise My Area
    2020
    Inkjet Photographic Prints, Colored pencil
    12"x8.5"
    One of a series of drawings explore a number of characters who have rebuilt themselves after a devastating loss in such a way as to integrate the resulting psychic transformation (scar?) into their pe

  • Don't Tell Me How Hard You Laughed
    2019
    Water Color, gold pen
    12"x12"
    One of a series of drawings explore a number of characters who have rebuilt themselves after a devastating loss in such a way as to integrate the resulting psychic transformation (scar?) into their pe

  • I may have fallen on the way here
    2020
    Ink on paper
    8.5"x11"
    One of a series of drawings explore a number of characters who have rebuilt themselves after a devastating loss in such a way as to integrate the resulting psychic transformation (scar?) into their pe

  • I came all the way from 3.5 ft ago
    2020
    Ink, Water Color, Colored Pencil
    8.5"x11"
    One of a series of drawings explore a number of characters who have rebuilt themselves after a devastating loss in such a way as to integrate the resulting psychic transformation (scar?) into their pe

  • I Tucked My Bucket
    2020
    Ink on paper
    8.5"x11"
    One of a series of drawings explore a number of characters who have rebuilt themselves after a devastating loss in such a way as to integrate the resulting psychic transformation (scar?) into their pe

  • I'm Washing You Out Of My Hair
    2019
    Inkjet Photographic Print, gel roll pen
    8.5"x11"
    One of a series of drawings explore a number of characters who have rebuilt themselves after a devastating loss in such a way as to integrate the resulting psychic transformation (scar?) into their pe

  • My Dog Wanted To Stay With My Ex
    2019
    Inkjet Photographic Print, colored pencil
    11"x 8.5"
    One of a series of drawings explore a number of characters who have rebuilt themselves after a devastating loss in such a way as to integrate the resulting psychic transformation (scar?) into their pe

  • Current Events Are Happening Right Now
    2020
    Water Color on paper
    8.5"x11"
    One of a series of drawings explore a number of characters who have rebuilt themselves after a devastating loss in such a way as to integrate the resulting psychic transformation (scar?) into their pe

  • I Cant Stop Talking
    2019
    Inkjet Photographic Print, Water Color
    11"x8.5"
    One of a series of drawings explore a number of characters who have rebuilt themselves after a devastating loss in such a way as to integrate the resulting psychic transformation (scar?) into their pe

  • Who Wants To Get Into Some Hard Water?
    2020
    Found wheels, wire, paper maché
    18"x8"x5"
    A drawing made the leap to sculpture.

  • Big Sighs Save Lives
    2020
    Fabric, paper machee, dog collar, bottle carrier, found bar stool
    6ftx 15" x 8"
    A drawing made the leap to sculpture
 








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