The schematisation of the world by means of coded sign systems is the starting point of Katja Davar’s drawings and animations. The actual aim of such mappings through diagrams, symbols and pictograms is “expanded knowledge” in the sense of an efficient and quick perception of information. However, during Katja Davar’s work process the clarity of meaning is fragmented. By combining different systems, the history of the “diagrammatic imperative” as well as the history of drawing as an artistic medium become components of conceptual “findings of the world” that in the case of Katja Davar, are not only “found / invented” but simultaneously “retraced” as technological and economic facts. This leads to a complex reference system involving various perspectives on a thematic field whose impermeability refers to the invisible interrelations amidst our schematised flow of information.
Katja Davar (born 1968 in London) lives and works in Cologne. Since 2012 she has held a professorship for experimental drawing at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz. Her works are included in renowned collections such as the Zeppelinmuseum Friedrichshafen, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl, the Daimler Art Collection, the North Rhine-Westphalia Collection, the European Patent Office in The Hague, the European Central Bank, Frankfurt, and most recently the Art Collection of the Federal Estate of Germany. Katja Davar has had numerous international solo exhibitions such as Galerie de L´UQAM Montréal in Canada, at Kunstverein Heilbronn, Newlyn Art Gallery UK, The Drawing Room in London, the Städtische Galerie in Backnang, Kunstverein Leverkusen and Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl, to name just a few.