About

 

Soon after the birth of my first child in 1988, my studio work shifted exclusively to collage and drawing. 

In the collages, the raw material comes primarily from scraps and snippets of children’s artworks, including freehand drawings and coloring book imagery. I don’t make any marks of my own and limit my adult activity to selective cuttings and joinery.

In the analytical drawings, the beginning point is always a child’s naive and "artless" drawing.  Through sophisticated and "artful" exploratory tracings of the image using the basic tools of geometry--compass and straight edge--I look for proofs of archetypal structure. 

The priority in both approaches is to secure a paradoxical/enigmatic artistic and intellectual conflation of the world of the child and the world of the adult, playing upon in a roundabout (and maybe wrong-headed) way, the premises of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience.

kettners@msn.com

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