Nach der Natur
The central piece of Dillbohner's fifth solo show 'Nach der Natur' at Don Soker Contemporary Art is a multipaneled 'wax engraving' on paper. In seventeen one-hour sessions, Dillbohner engraved W.G. Sebald's prose poem 'Nach der Natur' into a layer of wax which was applied on blackened mulberry paper (69 inch x 190 inch). After completion she then glazed the wax with white oil paint, which makes the fine (filigree) markings of her writing visible.
Sebald's 'Elementargedicht' consists of three chapters, quasi a Triptych which introduces the vitae of three men and their conflict between the human condition and nature:
- A detailed description of the master piece by the 15th century German painter M. Grünewald, interspersed with his biographical details,
- An account of the explorer G.W. Steller's travel with Vitus Bering's expedition to Kamchatka in the 1730s.
- W.G. Sebald's own biography. He was born in 1944 and grew up in post-war Germany.
from the press release April, 2006