"The sequence of the photo-performance 'Selbst II, 1- 12 (Self II, 1-12)' is a key piece in my artistic development. It was created in 1975, which was a year of change for me as an artist as well as a woman in society – the private became political. As a young artist, I was preoccupied with drawing and etching in which I depicted women and self-portraits that were enclosed, torn and split. The fact that the drawing was carved directly into the printing plate with an etching needle was what interested me in the technique of etching. Consequently, that is where I got the idea to comprehend the line as haptic and the drawing as a palpable experience. In a self-experiment, I drew my face with black thread. The image and I should become one (I wanted to be a part of the image). Through the succession of the different stages, the process should become visible. The first to be affected were the eyes and mouth, because I could not see or speak – communication was destroyed. I spun the thread around my face to deformation. The thread-drawing touched the skin, pressed into it to the point of pain. The details of my face seemed to be gone and, at the same time, frozen. It was similar to the act of mummification. I reached for the scissors and freed myself."
– Annegret SOLTAU, 24 January 2018
Women Look At Women, Richard Saltoun Gallery 15 February - 31 March 2018