Primal Scream 

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“How do you create a work of art?”

So asks the article 10 Contemporary Artists Talk About Their Creative Process, from Park West Gallery.  The article then continues with,

 “That sounds like a straightforward question, but it has millions of potential answers. Every artist in the world has their own unique way they approach a blank canvas. Some come prepared with sketches and outlines. Others wait for a spark of inspiration until the last minute. They’re all performing similar actions—painting, drawing, etching, sculpting—but it’s the subtle variations in how they perform each one that really defines them as an artist.”

This post is the first in a series, in which other contemporary artists will talk about the creative process that enables them to “create a work of art”. And, as is only appropriate, this first post is from the modern Dutch artist Siegfried Wolfgang Päschke, whose artistic legacy is exhibited in the MappaArt galleries. 

The Early Years

Wolf was born in Krefeld and raised in Kleve, in Germany, close to the Dutch border. In the early seventies, Wolf moved to Nijmegen in the Netherlands. In 1976 he enrolled in the nearby Academy of Arts in Arnhem,  now part of ArtEZ, to study painting, drawing, photography, and graphic art. On graduating in 1981, he settled in Nijmegen to begin his life as an artist. Apart from his travels to Saba (1982), South East Asia (1992),  and South America (2002), he lived and worked in Nijmegen until his death in 2003. 

Contemporary Artists Creative - Wolf on Saba

Wolf on Saba in the Netherlands Antilles

The Prolific Years

Although Wolf died in 2003, he left extensive records.  From these records, we know that for extended periods of his life, especially during his travels, Wolf produced a painting or drawing per day. In these images, he fused the daily scenes around him with his memories, dreams, and musings on the future. Wolf called this stage of actually committing an image to paper, the Primal Scream of the work. The resulting multiple journals of Primal Screams, produced in the years between 1982 and 2003, he called his Drawn Diary.

Contemporary Artists Creative - Drawn Diary

Wolf’s 21 journals with about 30 drawings per book.
The first book begins on June 13, 1994, and the final book ends in 2000

Later, Wolf then used selected images from this Drawn Diary, to create further works of art, including monoprints and larger paintings. Fortunately, among the records Wolf left us, was the following video. So, I leave it to wolf himself to explain the methods and processes he used to produce his art, in his own words, in three languages. 


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