Petra Lottje

I started to draw in form of one line at a stretch during my studies, exploring “l’écriture automatique”, so called automatic writing.

At that time I wrote a whole series of texts without punctuation marks and capital letters, and I developed drawings in form of one continous line.
Since then, it became my favorite style, bearing the potential of surprise for me while working on a drawing. At the moment of drawing I don’t reflect on it, I don’t have time to think. Therefore I make a lot of sketches, of which, in my view, only a few are good enough to leave my studio. The process towards a satisfactury outcome takes a long time – resulting in a drawing that possibly needed few seconds to be done.

When I realized that I’m about to tell the story of mir fehlt nichts (I don’t miss anything), I soon found out that I couldn’t continue without a team. Until now, this movie is the most complexe animation project in my work. I got support in working with different computer programs, in working with Wacom, music and sound. For some scenes I needed an actor, cinematographer, lighting technician, digitization of the newsreel and so on. By all means, I considered it essential to draw every line by myself.