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Kerstin Abraham

 Grembiule Romano 2021


An erudite composition that contextualises the visual imagery of the ancient Greco-Roman world and its reception in the 18th-century Grand Tour against the backdrop of contemporary German and Italian newspapers and the raw metal wall panels. Abraham extracted elements from images she encountered in the streets & museums of Rome that captured her interest. Individual symbols re-materialised as black silhouette drawings, glazed images on ceramic plates (both vintage and wheel-made by the artist) and as 3-D clay drawings, drawing the viewer into closer contemplation of their significance, whether the “twinned” She-Wolf or the cheese basket of the Cyclop Polyphemus, decontextualised from the narrative of the blinding of the giant by Odysseus. 


Born in Berlin, Abraham lives and works in Hamdorf and Kiel. She has held numerous residencies in the US (The Bray), Europe (EKWC, Stoke-on-Trent, etc.) and her works have been included in many significant exhibitions and museum collections. Most recently, she was selected for the 61st Premio Faenza.

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