Saturday, 5 December 2009

Miami Day 4: New Discoveries

My most resonant discovery so far has to be Caro Suerkemper at Galerie Romerapotheke. Born in Stuttgart in 1964, her work consists of delicate watercolours on paper and ceramics. Using found imagery from books, magazines and the internet, Suerkamper depicts women restrained by ties and gags in various positions. Although immediately fetishist, Suerkemper prefers to emphasise notions of desire, control, power and helplessness, concerning herself more with feminist tenets than the erotic. However, it is undeniable that these pieces lie somewhere between the erotic and pornographic, with a strong a sense of sexual violence belying the gentle and seductive brush work.

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