The up-and-coming artist Lina Ehrentraut received the e.o.plauen-Förderpreis 2019 on Friday. This honors her drawings, a "fulminating world of images that ranges from comics and single pictures to self-produced notebooks and all sorts of objects," said the City of Plauen.
The prize, endowed with 2,500 euros, was awarded in the Vogtlandmuseum Plauen.
Ehrentraut was born in 1993 in Neuss (North Rhine-Westphalia) and has been living in Leipzig for six years. She studies there at the Academy of Visual Arts. In her works, she mostly tells of young people, often women, who are looking for their place in the world, despairing of themselves and others, it said.
The artist shows "images and self-images full of strength and far from externally attributed standards of appearance," said Saxony's Minister of Arts Eva-Maria Stange (SPD).
Anna Haifisch was awarded 2016
The prize is awarded every three years to young artists in the fields of drawing, caricature and illustration by the city of Plauen and the e.o.-plauen-Gesellschaft.
With the award Plauen reminds of the draftsman Erich Ohser ("father and son"), who was born in Vogtland and worked under the pseudonym e.o.plauen. The creator of the seemingly harmless, fun-anarchist couple father and son was persecuted for his political involvement in the Nazi era.
So far, the award was presented eight times, most recently in 2016 to the Leipzig Anna Haifisch. epd