The draftswoman Anja Luithle turns crumpled or pleated fabrics into spacious landscape compositions - with a brittle, stubborn, small-scale crayon and with considerable dedication for large surfaces.
Ordinary everyday objects made of fabrics are her basis, which she transforms into miraculously abstract mountain landscapes on paper. Tablecloths emerge in wavy water, and curtains form plaid, striped, dotted mountain formations.
Physical aspects, such as structure, weaving patterns, embossing and the surface of the fabric, as well as the direction of the thread, find their correspondence both visually and contextually in colored pencil with its unmistakable hatching strokes. The feel of her various textiles is transported by Anja Luithle with the most subtle shifts in pencil line and her illumination of the 'Fabric Mount'.
"Textiles and their inspiring closeness to drawing is fundamental to her artistic approach: the path runs from the point (fiber) to the line (thread) to the surface (tissue) and - by folding or cutting to the three-dimensional", Heiderose Langer writes about this aspect of Luithle's work.
The artist links the beginnings of our civilization from the ancient medium of textile with the pictorial abstraction of the content.
Anja Luithle was born in Offenbach at Main in 1968. She studied at the Staatliche Akademie der bildenden Künste Stuttgart with professors Dieter Groß, Sotirios Michou, and Joseph Kosuth. She lives and works in Wendlingen near Stuttgart in Germany.