Juul Kraijer’s drawings in charcoal and crayon are depictions not of people or objects, but of states of mind. Using a light, nearly transparent line, she creates ghostly figures suspended upon blank paper, with traces of phantom limbs and earlier incarnations left behind as evidence of the artist’s role as choreographer of the image. Drawing from Indian mythology and other traditions, Kraijer creates her own language of metaphors. Combining the human and the animal and plant worlds, her images capture a moment of mutation or metamorphosis as a body blends into a tree or appears to disintegrate into a flock of birds.
After years of drawing, the Dutch artist shifts her focus to photography. Emulating the otherworldly qualities of Renaissance portraiture and employing the conceptual techniques of Surrealism, Kraijer subverts the relationship between human and animal in timeless photos.