Drawing series
2022, pencil on paper, 96×64 cm (48x).
See for a selection of the series Traces.

Music scores
Before the Traces project started, Alexandra Roozen made two extensive series of drawings between 2017-2019, titled Plain Dust and Seen by Hand. Composer Willem Boogman analyzed these series and composed two scores with the same titles. In 2019 the composition Plain Dust was performed by the renowned Ives Ensemble at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam and at November Music in Den Bosch. But shortly afterwards, in 2020, the composition Seen by Hand could not be performed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Work rules
During the lockdown in 2020-2021, Alexandra Roozen studied the two scores. Texts in the margins caught her attention because of the remarkably large amount of rules for musicians, such as: Contact sounds should be in balance with the tone, Change direction now, Louder than the others, Always light accents, etc. Based on these indications, Alexandra Roozen chose a selection texts and designed a grid for letters, which led to the development of word drawings and ultimately the realization of the Traces project.

Drilling machine
The works are drawn with a rotating pencil that is controlled by a drilling machine. This made it challenging to tame the line into a shape. Alexandra Roozen mastered this unconventional technique through experiments and made a short video about it. In this video, both the rotation and the sound of the machine play a major role and makes the drawings ‘audible’.

TRACES is made possible thanks to filmmaker Inouschka de Nooijer, Center for Visual Arts Rotterdam and the Droom & Daad Foundation.


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