Brickwork clothes, makeup-brush feet, a dog’s or bird’s head, monster eyes and hands, doughnut lips, flippers and accessories in the form of everything from fuel trucks to muffins: Klaudia Schifferle’s paper dolls are composed of magazine cutouts collaged on A4 paper. Created from 2011–2016, the collages are colorful, cheeky, sometimes cute, and mostly mischievous. The artist also painted detailed renditions of some of them in oils. The use of found images endows these Paperdolls with a twofold value. They incarnate quotidian objects of our day and age, while concomitantly prying open our everyday perceptions and reminding us of sensations and moments in our own consumer lives. Paper dolls date back to ancient Chinese funeral rites and Katashiro figures in Japanese healing rituals. In Europe, paper cutouts of figures for fashion-following bourgeoises evolved into a popular and inexpensive pastime for children. In the US, paper dolls had their heyday during the Great Depression. Now they have become an important and expressive medium for contemporary artists to comment on current trends and day- to-day life. Schifferle’s Paperdolls are paper-thin slices of modern-day life, mixed and pieced together in novel, playful and incongruous ways for posterity
Hardcover / 8 1⁄2 x 12 in. / 160pp / 152 color
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Christophe Gallois & Katrin Weilenmann (Eds.)
Marked by her cosmopolitan origins, between Europe and Asia, and by an attention to the sonorous dimension of the world, the practice of iartist, musician and photographer, Su-Mei Tse (b.1973) involves issues such as time, memory, musicality, and language. Presented in 2017–19 at Mudam Luxembourg, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Yuz Museum in Shanghai, and Taipei Fine Arts Museum, her exhibition “Nested” is the result of several years of research into different geographical contexts, starting with Italy and Asia. New directions are apparent in her work, including contemplation, our relation to the vegetable and the mineral, the multiplicity of modes of existence, and the possibility of a personal relationship with history. Like the exhibitions, this publication was conceived to be a notebook: a form that brings together impressions that have occurred in everyday life—be they visual, sound, or memory related—and blends them in a subjective and intuitive way, allowing a whole network of echoes and correspondences to be deployed. Featured texts by Doryun Chong, Emanuele Coccia, Christophe Gallois, and Katrin Weilenmann with a series of “visual chapters” conceived by the artist in collaboration with graphic designer Anja Lutz, Nested is the most comprehensive book on Luxembourg artist, Su-Mei Tse’s work to date.
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