Lavinia Lanner

born in 1985 in Austria, is a Vienna-based visual artist. She studied at Slade School of Fine Art (University College London) and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 2010.

Artist’s statement
My artistic practice centres around drawing, more precisely, 3B pencil on paper. The simplicity of the means is what I am interested in, being the most direct and immediate way of giving shape to thoughts, and, at the same time, allowing me to create and construct complex gestures with it. In small and large-scale formats, I pursue a drawing’s ability to slip into different roles, all being unfamiliar to the technique, such as sculptures, furry objects, metallic monuments, or, as an ongoing series of mine, brushstrokes. What pretends to be a dynamic and expressionistic doodle, is a precise reconstruction of a brushstroke by means of pencil and its single lines bearing only the concept of the original material. Other series include drawings of found objects, forgotten relicts of everyday life shown in a drawn close-up, resurrected in the new environment and context. I am interested in the ambiguity of shapes and their respective overlappings and boundaries.