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Franziska Furter
Born Zurich, Switzerland, 1972

Summerwine, 2003
Graphite on paper

Purchased 2006 with funds through the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland

Furter works on a monumental scale, creating huge drawings in which solid masses of black graphite contrast starkly with pure white paper. A first glance fools you into thinking you are looking at a photograph, it is only on closer inspection that the subtlety of the drawing reveals itself.

Summerwine depicts a trail of Virginia creepers in a drawing more than 4 metres long. The entangled creepers create the sense of a gentle summer's breeze, with the work appearing to undulate as you look at it. Apparently simple, the work is a complex construction in which all extraneous detail has been edited out. A bold, dramatic image, this complex plant has been reduced to its simplest form - meditative and peaceful - a rippling shadow against a wall.

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