Opening: Thursday 7 June 2018, from 5h30 to 8h30 pm
Exhibition: 7 June - 21 July 2018
Ambera Wellmann is a Canadian artist working in painting, assemblage, photography and video. Wellmann is an MFA graduate of the University of Guelph, Ontario and was winner of the 2016 Joseph Plaskett Award and the 2017 Canadian RBC Painting Competition. Her work has been featured in Border Crossings Magazine, Canadian Art Magazine, Vice and Frauline Magazine, and exhibited at the Power Plant Toronto, The National Gallery of Canada, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. She lives and works in Berlin.
In this recent series of paintings, Ambera Wellmann continues her investigation into porcelain as a surrogate for the body and a vehicle for perversity, manipulating the sensuality of the painted surface to blur the distinctions between material and flesh.
Working with inherited representations of women, Wellmann draws from a diverse range of historical artists who engaged forms of realism to drive self-understanding and renewal during periods of rapid social and technological transformation. Negotiating this tradition from a feminist perspective, her paintings embody the experience of violence and eroticism that underly realism, and investigate how those sensations are rationalized as women.
Wellmann’s paintings engage both a reflection of a subject and the search to remake it. The topical marks and gestures destabilize figure-ground hierarchies, and bodies appear in states of fragmentation, aspiring to a condition of self-understanding. Layered visual anatomies foreground process over product. Her ruptured surfaces shift, or scar, transposing the grandiosity of historical figuration into moments of vulnerability to seek fragility over knowledge, and feeling over explanation.