Maria Bussmann About the Drawings to Heidegger

From time to time I like to take a philosophical text at hand and use it as source for my drawings.
Last year I risked to choose Martin Heidegger's essay, „The Origin of the Work of Art" during a stay in high alpine areas in the direct neighborhood of a Lake-Reservoir. This human-made construction in the mids of a landscape of rocks seemed to me a suitable metafor of the relation of philosophy of art to the work of art - an encounter of „Earth" and „World", as Heidegger thought it.
The connection between spiritual heights and those given by nature seemed obvious.

Theories as such could be described as marked hiking paths, differing in degrees of challenge and risk, etc.
But I had overrated my self. To follow the traces of Heidegger's ideas was indeed as difficult (and sometimes dangerous) as to find the hiking paths.
Therefore, I never arrived at „Heidegger's Cabin", as I had
planned, but rather i remained in the picture - continuing to find myself "off the beaten tracks"*, on tracks which lead nowhere. (*"Off the Beaten Tracks" or German "Holzwege" is the title of Heidegger's late writings on Aesthetics).

Having returned from the mountains I continued during the winter and spring (2004/2005) to work on this idea by making a series of 20 drawings to Heidegger’s essay.

I used pencil (B8) on handmade paper (made in Asia, the two sides slightly differing in color),
size: ca. 20 x 30 cm

Maria Bussmann