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Doornkaat's intricate drawings explore mark-making as compound memory. Constructed from layer upon layer of rectilinear geometries, obsessively serialised marks and lines, her work incorporates process as signifier of human response to both the experiential, as defined by materials and memory, and the mind’s abstract construction of form and meaning.
“The Greek made a great discovery. They discovered that in Nature there are no perfect circles or straight lines or equal spaces. Yet...in their minds they could see them and...they were then able to make them.”
"When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection." Agnes Martin.
Ten Doornkaat's complex layering of grid and patchwork motifs create a tense interplay between intuitive, subjective responses to colour, space, texture and mechanical process. Whether shaped by the rhythmic pulsation of industrial hand tools as in the ‘Drill Drawings’ or the obsessive construction of perfect grids and chromatic harmonies each approach to the sublime of perfect form is repeated endlessly as the seeming real is lost, then recovered, resulting in repetitive layering and scratching away. Thus, a self-perpetuating ontological dialogue is created with the resulting ripped, torn, sanded or collaged surfaces that both create and reveal a dense archaeology of memory and tantalisingly elusive signification. Each lost silent utterance holds memory of its own. It is this memory, memory as space and presence that is the very essence of what she seeks: an ontological space for the process of drawing itself.
Martin Kerrison (artist and art historian)
Nassau 42 Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium The Other Art Fair, Victoria House, London Leyden Gallery, London, Platform for emerging artists Jerwood Drawing Prize, London National Open Art Competition, RCA London Lines for Agnes, The Crypt, St Marylebone Church, London Leyden Gallery, London, Winter Salon
shortlisted for Beers London Open, Contemporary Vision VI
2014 shortlisted for National Open Art Competition 2014 BBK Art in transit, Oldenburg, Germany ZAP Zeitgeist summer exhibition, London Galleryeight, Drawing Abroad, Sydney, Australia AFFORDABLE ART FAIR Singapore with Rebeccsa Hossack Gallery London, New York Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Conway Street,2014 Art Fair, London Drawings by Paul Lee,Rachel Pearcey, Hanna ten Doornkaat 54 The Gallery, Mayfair, London Drawn to Abstraction, Orleans House Gallery(Stables), Twickenham Drawn Together, Riverside Gallery, Richmond
2013 The Other Art Fair, London UAMO City Tour 2012/2013, Signal Gallery, London UAMO City Tour, Munich/Germany Art@Baker Tilly, Guildford
2012 Out of Hours @ THE CANBURY ARMS, Kingston The Cork Street Open Exhibition Prize Winners’ Show
2011 KAOS Exhibition, Market Hall, Kingston upon Thames ‘Economy’, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond BC, Canada Spaces, Marks and Mediation,Gallery63a, Kingston upon Thames CORK STREET OPEN 2011, LONDON (drawing prize award) WHY Cameras? Not Bread?, The Strand Gallery, London (curation of exhibition and collaboration with and installation of work by Koran sculptor Paul Lee) KAOS Exhibition, KINGSTON UPON THAMES shortlisted for National Open Art Competition 2011
2010 CORK STREET OPEN 2010, LONDON LANDMARK ARTS CENTER, TEDDINGTON shortlisted for National Open Art Competition 2010
2009 LITTLE WOMEN, 13th WOMEN’S WORK EXHIBITION, ANDOVER
2008 CANTERBURY ART FAIR
1997 GPO, KINGSTON
1996 TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS, KNIGHTS PARK GALLERY, KINGSTON
2004 HAUNTED, FOCAL POINT GALLERY, SOUTHEND-ON-SEA HAUNTED, THE GALLERY, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
2002 NATURA MORTA, RAUM2, MANNHEIM, GERMANY
1999 SCAPES, CABLE STREET GALLERY, LONDON
WORKSHOPS: 2001 AIAS INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT ART SCHOOLS: IDENTITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE, THE DRAWN, THE MADE, THE PERFORMED
LECTURES: 2002 ARTIST TECHNIQUES, BIRKBECK UNIVERSITY, LONDON
PUBLICATIONS: ART, AGE AND GENDER SOURCE,PHOTOGRAPHIC REVIEW, ISSUE 39, SUMMER 2004 ‘Metropolis becomes Apocalypse’, something dark,webmagazine, March 2012 issue