Marta Riniker-Radich / Cowboys Today No Cover
March 20 - May 10, 2009
Hard Hat, Genève

Cowboys Today No Cover

Recent Drawings / Dessins récents

HH.: Where are the places you draw? Are they all in America?

M. R.-R.: Yes and no, I don�t think of them as taking place in America per se, as much as a fictional place that America�North and South� has come to represent for me, through my readings and personal history. To make a long story short, I was partly brought up on an US military base in Panama, and I read almost exclusively American litterature.

HH.: What about American art? I�m thinking particularly of certain photographers, like Eggleston, or a painter like Ruscha.

M. R.-R.: Of course I look at his paintings, although I consider my work to more diaristic, much less cerebral than his.

HH.: What about European Art? Some of your works reminds me of Italian Metaphysical Paintings, like De Chirico�s empty piazzas.

M. R.-R.: I wouldn�t make too much out of it. There aren�t many drawings where you can make that connection, but it probably comes from the fact that my drawings lack any trace of human presence, and that the spaces that I draw are artificial, can be percieved as « decores ».

HH.: When are these fictions taking place? Yesterday? Now?

M. R.-R.: I�m not sure, I consider them to be unstuck from real time. There is an apocalyptic quality to them though, the sense of a world coming to an end, that comes through, almost beyond my control.

Marta Riniker-Radich. Born in 1982, Bern. Lives and works in Geneva.