Bettina is interested in utilising the performative aspect of drawing as a way to focus on being. The process, to her, is as much a part of the work as the end result, therefore bringing forth notions of time (duration), space (inner and outer), body and movement into her subjects of inquiry.
Often likened her way of drawing to a musician improvising with an instrument, Bettina draws without a preconceived plan, marking down each line as a means to encounter and navigate through the unknown and to connect within and without. She often draws for long periods of time between 4-6 hours nonstop. This long durational practice resembles a ritual or meditation, allowing the perception of time to distort, the self to be in the present moment, and a chance to capture traces of the ineffable.
Bettina has drawn live mostly at exhibitions and festivals. More recently she has been drawing with musicians at recordings, live events and jam sessions, thus adding another dimension to her practice.
Please find examples of Bettina's live work below:
Performance drawing over social media, with acrylic ink, water-soluble crayons, gum arabic and ashes on paper.
Created in response to the pre 6th century Arabic love poem "Rider" by Umm Addahak al-Muharibiyya, it is a part of the exhibition Radical Love: Female Lust.