Lisa Wilkens uses drawing as an epistemic operation to process information from photographic reproductions, printed matter and books. Wilkens works with brush and Chinese ink, developing small-scale images aesthetically oscillating between mechanical and manual reproductions, demanding attention and time in both their production and reception. Wilkens draws on paper sourced from family connections in the former German Democratic Republic. As the paper is not acid free and therefore susceptible to change of colour and slow decay caused by exposure to sunlight (UV light) the works propose relevant questions about the value of process vs. product, technique and technology, time spent and time gained. Wilkens research is currently directed towards work and labour and the valuation/devaluation of manual labour and connections between industrial labour and artistic work.


PAPERCUTS – SOFAM Soundsketches for Art on Paper at BOZAR in Brussels, 6.–9.9.2018.
A proposal by Marie Cantos, artistic director, in collaboration with Alix Gastineau, sound artist, realized with the support of SOFAM.

Lisa Wilkens in conversation with Koenraad Dedobbeleer.

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In Conversation – with Sara Jaspan for PAPER Magazine, 2018

Manual for (the) Work – Thibaut Verhoeven 2018

Die Übersetzung von Technik in Handwerk – Radek Krolczyk 2017

The Shadow of an Unseen Power – Eleanor Clayton 2015

The Halflife of Messages – Reece Jones, 2015