My best friend
Charcoal drawing, heightened with white, on grey Ingres paper
60 x 80 cm
In many periods of art history, drawing has been understood as the direct formulation of what the artist is really capable of achieving artistically; its specific criterion is spontaneity. As with handwriting, the individuality of the ductus plays a major role. In “My Best Friend” this is particularly expressed, for in just a few strokes Waske confronts us with a close-up of pug and master. The popular legend that people become more and more like their dogs over time is satirised extremely ironically here in the anatomically protruding eyeballs of the master..