Beth Namenwirth

3 Gratie├źn
2016
mixed media
85 x 60 cm
Merkel, Obama, Putin en nog wat dingen
2016
mixed media
85 x 60 cm
Herinneringen aan Amsterdam
2016
mixed media
50 x 50 cm
2016
2016
mixed media
85 x 60 cm
I love you
2016
mixed media
130 x 110 cm

Recently, an artist friend of mine said to me: you are good at painting things. It is true that I love painting regular everyday objects. Maybe that is why all of my recent paintings look like still lives. But instead of arranging the items on a table, they are left in a disorderly way. Instead of being beautifully draped, cloth is wrinkled and paper is torn.

Another characteristic of my recent work is that I paint with a mixture of oil paints and marble powder. This creates a rough granular surface, which I like because of its sculptural quality.

A recurring theme in my work is the obsession with appearance: how do women want to look, how do they think they should look, and in what ways are they occupied with trying to manipulate their looks. I find this fascinating. Some women enjoy playing the game and others suffer from it. I definitely belong to the latter group. Maybe that is why I paint: it gives me the opportunity to manipulate appearances on canvas.

At This Art Fair, along with medium sized and large oil paintings, some of my very small gouaches will be on display.

3 Gratie├źn
2016
mixed media
85 x 60 cm
Merkel, Obama, Putin en nog wat dingen
2016
mixed media
85 x 60 cm
Herinneringen aan Amsterdam
2016
mixed media
50 x 50 cm
2016
2016
mixed media
85 x 60 cm
I love you
2016
mixed media
130 x 110 cm