Oaxaca Drawings by Bill Thelen
In 2016, Bill Thelen was at the Obracodobra artist residency, housed at the bed & breakfast, Casa Colonial in Oaxaca City. Thelen brought two texts with him to the residency: the 19th-century French Symbolist novel A Rebours (Against Nature or Against the Grain), by Joris-Karl Huysmans, and contemporary critic Wayne Koestenbaum’s Hotel Theory, a philosophical meditation on hotel living.
These books became launching points for works in which Thelen investigates identity and influence, history and the environment. Immersed in the colors and textures of the Oaxacan landscape, and facing middle age, Thelen was inspired to create a new body of work along with this book of drawings.
Bill Thelen is an artist, curator and educator living in Raleigh, NC. He is the co-founder and former Director of Lump, a non-profit, project space located in downtown Raleigh. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, and has been reviewed in Frieze, The New York Times, Art in America, Time Out London, Sculpture, and other periodicals and online journals.
Edition of 100, each one is numbered with an original drawing on the back cover as well as a handmade bookmark
4.25” x 6.75”