“reality island is another, r.i.i.a”

2019_foto_Bettina Matthiessen_web

exhibition view dress code, Stapflehus, Weil am Rhein, 2019

A current series of paintings refers to digital parallel worlds that unfold in the multi-layered video animation reality island is elsewhere. The work is based on various actions by a figure named Rose and her avatar Tessa, who explore in a performative way the surrounding virtual space as part of a complex search for identity. In these paintingsĀ  parts of the digital pictorial space were interpreted with three-dimensional object images by applying ruffles or flounces to the canvases, among other things, that refer to the clothing of both protagonists in the animation. On the threshold between abstraction and representation, the ‘dressed pictures’ also refer to certain objects from the video work, such as children’s toys and drawings from the artist’s environment. Thus the paintings appear as encrypted translations of virtual reality and can be understood – like individual figures and scenes of the animation itself – as fragments of a more comprehensive self-portrait.

becoming_eves_web
becoming, eve’s, 130 x 120, 2019
1_rose.neutif.quer.web
rose, reality island 120 x 110 cm, 2019
16_black_tessa_the_real_deal.quer.web
black tessa, the real deal, 120 x 100, 2019
14_black_rose_reality_island.web
black rose, reality island,
7_cloudy_tessa.web.quer
cloudy tessa, 130 x 100
4_cloudy_rose_web.quer
cloudy rose, 130 x 100
8_spiritual_rose.web.quer
spiritual rose, 160 x 140

 

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