Katharina Hinsberg: Nulla dies sine linea # 3, 2001, isograph on paper, stacked 932 single sheets; © (Katharina Hinsberg) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2010; Photo: Friedrich Rosenstiel
Nulla dies sine linea # 3, 2001, isograph on paper, stacked 932 single sheets
© (Katharina Hinsberg) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2010
Photo: Friedrich Rosenstiel
Linie Line Linea. Contemporary Drawing

Katharina Hinsberg poses fundamental questions about time, space, and the subjectivity of drawing. In Nulla dies sine linea (No Day without a Line) she uses a ruler to draw a line that divides her sheet of paper exactly down the middle. She places another sheet on the first one and then attempts to repeat the straight line by drawing freehand. The line now deviates slightly from the first one. On subsequent sheets this deviation becomes more and more pronounced and the line becomes ever more distant from the original line. The final product is a pile of 932 sheets that shows that the line drawn by the hand of the artist resists any kind of mechanical repetition and asserts its freedom. In her other works too, Hinsberg is interested in the phenomenon of the line. She uses a scalpel to cut out parts of lines drawn in red acrylic paint or pencil, thereby creating grids and patterns. The lines are no longer visible as paint or pencil, but as an empty space defined by light and shade. Although the lines have been removed, they remain present.