Narratives, pictorial motifs or structures are not intended to evoke fixed boundaries in the iconography of Birgit Jürgenssen (1949 – 2003): this series of sewn canvases by Jürgenssen—shown here for the first time—proves once again her multi-layered skills and way of thinking, creating an enhancement within the limitations and delimitations.
Photography, the constant in the work of Birgit Jürgenssen, serves in the presented series as the starting point and medium for her drawings created with needle and threads. Blurred black and white photographs from the photo-archive of the artist form, so to say, the embroidery design for Jürgenssen’s outlined schemes. The silhouttes are “traced”, marked or “continued” with the threads. The blurry and vague forms are emphasized and sharpened by the color. Jürgenssen translates the idea of the drawing into sewing and she shapes via subtle structures memorable works, that approach conceptually the traditional (the commonly feminine connotated handwork technique) and the sensual.