The »Power Lines« are not specifically tied to locations: they are showing overland power lines intersections, the carriers of energy and information of urban life. Storms regularly show how fragile these »energy lines« are, which work like a nervous system. Lena Schmidt's »Power Lines« are applied to discarded wood with a marker and acrylic paint in which the artist then carves and scratches the light giving it a »body«. The works get their clear object character from their strong materiality by using the left behind products of industrial wastelands: pillars, ply wood and poles. The consequences of the decomposition process, be it corrosion or weathering, are engraved in the memory of the wood. This materiality gives the works the character of an object, even though some of them look like classic paintings at first glance. Lena Schmidt calls this effect »the element of tilt«, it has its counterpart in the transitions from strict structures and clear lines to the diffuse moments that make the visual quality of the »Power Lines«.

»Anjuna Poles No. 2«, 2012, marker, enamel on wood, carved into wood, 30 × 13 × 13 cm, Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving
»Anjuna Poles No. 2«, 2012, marker, enamel on wood, carved into wood, 30 × 13 × 13 cm

»Anjuna Poles No. 1«, 2012, marker, acrylic paint, enamel on wood, carved into wood, 29 × 69 × 6 cm, Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving
»Anjuna Poles No. 1«, 2012, marker, acrylic paint, enamel on wood, carved into wood, 29 × 69 × 6 cm

»Anjuna-Mapusa Road No. 2«, 2012, acrylic paint, marker on wood, carved and scratched into wood, 125 × 113,5 cm, Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving
»Anjuna-Mapusa Road No. 2«, 2012, acrylic paint, marker on wood, carved and scratched into wood, 125 × 113,5 cm

»Anjuna-Mapusa Rd.«, 2012, acrylic paint, marker, enamel on wood, carved into wood, 55 × 124 cm, Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving
»Anjuna-Mapusa Rd.«, 2012, acrylic paint, marker, enamel on wood, carved into wood, 55 × 124 cm

»Delhi«, 2012, marker on wood, carved into wood, 92 × 80 cm, Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving
»Delhi«, 2012, marker on wood, carved into wood, 92 × 80 cm

»Arambol Near Petrol Pump«, 2012, marker, acrylic paint, enamel on wood, carved and scratched into wood, 88 × 115 cm, Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving
»Arambol Near Petrol Pump«, 2012, marker, acrylic paint, enamel on wood, carved and scratched into wood, 88 × 115 cm

»Chapora, Near Church«, 2012, marker, acrylic paint, enamel on wood, carved into wood, 58 × 36 × 6 cm, Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving
»Chapora, Near Church«, 2012, marker, acrylic paint, enamel on wood, carved into wood, 58 × 36 × 6 cm

»Kleingartenverein Suederstr No. 2«, 2012, marker and acrylic paint on wood, scratched and carved into wood, 19 × 82 × 6 cm, Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving
»Kleingartenverein Suederstr No. 2«, 2012, marker and acrylic paint on wood, scratched and carved into wood, 19 × 82 × 6 cm

»Assagao Main Road No. 1«, »Assagao Main Road No. 2«, »Assagao Main Road No. 3«, 2012, marker on wood, carved into wood, Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving
»Assagao Main Road No. 1«, »Assagao Main Road No. 2«, »Assagao Main Road No. 3«, 2012, marker on wood, carved into wood

»Assagao Main Road No. 3«, 2012, marker on wood, carved into wood, 23 × 27 × 4 cm, Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving
»Assagao Main Road No. 3«, 2012, marker on wood, carved into wood, 23 × 27 × 4 cm

»Assagao Main Road No. 2«, 2012, marker on wood, carved into wood, 21 × 34 × 6 cm, Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving
»Assagao Main Road No. 2«, 2012, marker on wood, carved into wood, 21 × 34 × 6 cm

»Assagao Main Road No. 2«, 2012, marker on wood, carved into wood, 21 × 49 × 6 cm, Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving
»Assagao Main Road No. 2«, 2012, marker on wood, carved into wood, 21 × 49 × 6 cm

»Williamsburg«, 2012, marker, acrylic paint, enamel on wood, carved into wood, 24,5 × 50 × 10 cm, Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving
»Williamsburg«, 2012, marker, acrylic paint, enamel on wood, carved into wood, 24,5 × 50 × 10 cm

»Little Haiti«, 2011, marker on wood, scratched into wood, Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving
»Little Haiti«, 2011, marker on wood, scratched into wood

»Little Haiti Street«, 2011, Marker on wood, carved into wood, Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving
»Little Haiti Street«, 2011, Marker on wood, carved into wood

»3rd Street No. 2«, 2011, marker on wood, scratched into wood, Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving
»3rd Street No. 2«, 2011, marker on wood, scratched into wood

»3rd Street«, 2011, marker on wood, scratched into wood, Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving
»3rd Street«, 2011, marker on wood, scratched into wood

»NW 6th Ave«, 2011, marker and spraypaint on wood, scratched into wood, Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving
»NW 6th Ave«, 2011, marker and spraypaint on wood, scratched into wood

»NE 41st Street«, 2010, marker on wood, scratched into wood, Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving
»NE 41st Street«, 2010, marker on wood, scratched into wood

»NE 44th Street«, 2010, marker on wood, scratched into wood, Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving
»NE 44th Street«, 2010, marker on wood, scratched into wood

»NE Bayshore Drive No. 2, 2010, marker on wood, paint scratched from wood, 54 × 34 cm, Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving
»NE Bayshore Drive No. 2, 2010, marker on wood, paint scratched from wood, 54 × 34 cm

Artwork by Lena Schmidt, www.lenaschmidt.com, Art, Wood, Drawing, Painting, Carving, »NE Bayshore Drive«, 2010, marker on wood, paint scratched from wood, 54 × 34 cm
»NE Bayshore Drive«, 2010, marker on wood, paint scratched from wood, 54 × 34 cm

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