Tomatus Phobicus, 2004

Photo: Courtesy the artist | Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo

Digital C-print
27 x 33 cm (unframed)
49 x 54.6 x 1.8 cm (framed)

Tschäpe works between the poetic and the bizarre. She composes visually arresting images, at once captivating and uncanny. Like some sort of Baudelarian flowers of evil, the plants emerge from the darkness, oddly iridescent in their exoticism. The photographs present an unfamiliar, artificial nature, which is why they seem alien, even a bit frightening perhaps. Tschäpe examines the peculiarity of flowers, and in doing so contrives to alter their symbolic function.
Janaina Tschäpe was born in 1973 in Munich, Germany, and was raised in São Paulo, Brazil. She received her Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Hochschule für Bildende Kueste, Hamburg in 1997 and her Master in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in 1998. Tschäpe’s interdisciplinary practice spans painting, drawing, photography, video and sculpture. Incorporating elements of aquatic, plant, and human life, Tschäpe’s universe of sublime forms shift between representation, fantasy and abstraction.
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