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Drawn by Blood goes a step further in both the limits of the performative act and of the ritualistic form of creation. Franzen’s fascination with the spiritual nature of blood, and its use for shamanic and religious practices are of great importance for this work. The creational process attains the status of a ritual in veneration of life-forces, in which the drawing is reduced to lines, the creator to his breath and ink to his own blood.


The process of creation starts with a syringe. The artist gives his blood, which is later transformed into a useable medium by adding anticoagulant. The blood becomes the ink, and Franzen begins his act of performing one line with each breath. None of the lines touch each other, existing as parallel forms of creation, where every line is a repetition of the first act. The act involves the blood that transports the inhaled oxygen to our organs and muscles, and the breath that co