Untitled (fires), 2020

Well known for her elliptical comics that emphasize tone over narrative, Aidan Koch’s pieces engage subtraction, silence, and space with a careful hand. Koch works directly and intuitively, allowing the narratives to form throughout her process then adjusts accordingly. Though one element of a much larger dialogue, the drawing offers a window into a vision of consciousness, where landscape, object, and figure are overlaid, merged and realigned in everchanging versions of themselves. Koch created this illustration sketch for Frieze magazine's March 2020 issue. A version of the piece was published with text from the artist: 

"Earlier this year, I was in a hotel room in Lisbon, far from my home in California, far from the blazes sweeping through Australia. All these places are tied together by fire, eucalyptus and the escalating effects of climate change. There's a strange disconnect in my consumption of the news from Australia, which comes between flights and trains and wi-fi spots — a sense of unreality guarding from the depression of the world changing for everyone." 

Aidan Koch, b. 1988, Seattle, is an artist and graphic novelist who lives and works in Landers, California. Her solo exhibitions include those at 14A Galerie, Hamburg; Signal Gallery, Brooklyn; Open Space, Baltimore; Weekends, London; and Park View/Paul Solo in Los Angeles. She has shown work in group exhibitions at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Hester Gallery, and Company in New York; DREI, Cologne; Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris; and more. Publications include Little Angels, published by MoMA PS1; Heavenly Sea published in The Paris Review Summer 2015 issue; and Impressions published by Peradam Press.

Graphite, gouache, watercolor, and soft pastel on paper

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