UNSEEN 2014 | AMSTERDAM

Natascha Stellmach, CJ, 2014, ink and pen on photo paper, 69 x 86 cm, unique

CJ, 2014, ink and pen on photo paper, 69 x 86 cm

September 18 – 21, 2014.
Wagner+Partner, Booth 32, Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam |
with artist Miklos Gaál.

Known for creating socially critical works that blur the boundaries of the personal, historical and imaginary – each of the new works in Stellmach’s ongoing series, I Don’t Have a Gun begins with a single film frame, scanned from the artist’s 1970’s Super-8 home movies inclusive of its black edges. Following detailed intervention by Stellmach, the result becomes a rousing exploration of self-image, taboo and popular culture with insights that are as evocative as they are black. By co-opting images and stories from her life and popular culture, and reinterpreting them through the addition of pink drawings of empowered (yet oddly fragile) women, collage, digital manipulation and handwritten provocative prose – these one-off works become universal. Stellmach’s women whom she affectionately calls either her “babes or bitches” are both alter ego and talisman, and although the ‘guns’ they brandish are ‘loaded’, they are fundamentally weapons of creativity.

Natascha Stellmach, Candy, 2014, ink and pen on photo paper, 69 x 86 cm, unique

Candy, 2014, ink and pen on photo paper, 69 x 86 cm

Natascha Stellmach, Crystal, 2014, ink and pen on photo paper, 69 x 86 cm, unique

Crystal, 2014, ink and pen on photo paper, 69 x 86 cm

Stellmach making CJ, 2014

Stellmach making CJ, 2014

Stellmach making CJ, 2014

Stellmach making Candy, 2014

Natascha Stellmach, Crystal, 2014, ink and pen on photo paper, 69 x 86 cm, unique, red frame

Crystal, 2014, ink and pen on photo paper, 69 x 86 cm, red frame

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