The Exact Opposite from Distance
6 series of 6 drawings, pencil on paper, 29,7 x 21 cm each
The Exact Opposite from Distance consists of a set of drawings and paintings, made in the Amazon rainforest, through which Irene Kopelman pursues her ‘Natural History’ which, after having been conducted mostly in the confined space of the studio or in the halls of mineralogy museums, is continued today in the most remote places, on the edge of the world; places entirely indifferent to any level of anthropocentrism, such as the Antarctic, where Kopelman made a series of drawings of icebergs and glaciers, and, here, the equatorial rainforest. In this environment saturated with colours, sedimented layers of materials, heat and moisture, the attention is distracted by the tangled lines, the density of textures, the ever pulsating colours due to the infinitely changing qualities of light. In contrast to the immutability of the rocks and glaciers she has previously worked on to reproduce down to their slightest detail, here it is above all the metamorphosis of the landscape that Kopelman is able to render. This she achieves, as always, through the use of a protocol that originates in her perception of the environment, and which allows her to frame a particular viewpoint. Kopelman, in this way, has turned scenic overlays and interlacings of the landscape into her starting point, framing consecutive views by following a random line in her field of vision until it crosses another, a branch, a vine, a stem, all are followed ad libitum until the space of the page is entirely saturated.