Untitled, 2014, colored pencil and charcoal on paper, 150 x 180 cm
Is it possible to represent several moments in a single image? Time means change, but in a drawing it’s hard to express either concept. Working from a background in filmmaking and using animation, drawings and books, Wouter Venema explores how the concept, representation and the course of time can be expressed in a still image. Moments are often depicted separately, but in his recent work, Venema combines several different moments to create a single picture. Here, past and present are not separate entities, but part of the same panorama. Venema merges segregated fragments of time by replacing the sequential storyline with autonomous representations of equal value that are still interconnected, but do not necessarily follow each other in a logical order towards a particular conclusion. To Venema, images are not tools for telling a story, but means of communicating an experience. Viewers are not presented with a predetermined narrative, but are free to select and combine elements to create their own meaning.