“My work has at all times been a tribute to all of the hard-working ladies in my life,” says Kelly Reemtsen. The artist (beforehand), who lives and works between Los Angeles and London, has spent the final decade producing a subversive physique of labor dedicated to exploring gender, its constructs, and real-world impacts, from wage gaps to the continuous rollback of reproductive rights. Her follow spans printmaking, sculpture, and portray and juxtaposes visible markings of femininity with objects related to masculinity. Every bit portrays an nameless girl wearing a tulle skirt, patent pumps, and glitzy jewellery greedy a chainsaw or shovel in a straightforward, nonchalant method.
Lately, Reemtsen has gravitated towards oval canvases evocative of conventional portraiture, along with pedestals and ladders that elevate her topics. “Are the ladies in my work making an attempt to interrupt by way of the glass ceilings or simply escaping the present state of affairs? I feel most girls are doing one or each always, consciously or not,” she shares. A collection of chainsaw sculptures painted with vibrant, playful colours augments the artist’s broader questions regarding how “the instruments obtainable to us form who we’re and who we need to be. I discover utilizing instruments– whether or not a printmaking press, a chainsaw, make-up, or the rest– to be extremely empowering as a automobile for initiating change.”
A ten-year survey of Reemtsen’s work will probably be on view at albertz benda’s Los Angeles gallery this Could, and she or he additionally has items in a gaggle exhibition opening on April 21 in London and in August at Galeri Oxholm in Copenhagen. Discover a bigger assortment of her work and sculptures on her web site and Instagram.
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