She describes herself as “a duck with a human head and vice versa...” who “doesn’t want to make serious art”.
Laurina Paperina (Italian, b. 1980, Rovereto, Italy). She lives in Duckland, a small town in the Universe. She has shown her work internationally, including group exhibitions in private galleries, art foundations, museums and public spaces. Also She has participated in festivals and art fairs.
Working predominantly with the imaginary of contemporary heroes, Laurina Paperina pokes fun at art and life in her morbidly humorous paintings, drawings, installations and animations.
She describes herself as “a duck with a human head and vice versa...” who, “doesn’t want to make serious art”. Instead She ridicules the self-importance endemic to the artistic enterprise, as well as politics, religion, and pop culture, through her cartoonish caricatures.
In her multi-part project titled, How to Kill the Artists (begun 2007), Paperina pays twisted homage to modern and contemporary art stars like Picasso, Marina Abramovic and Takashi Murakami by killing them with their own work. Murakami, for example, is eaten alive by one of his maniacally grinning flowers while Abramovic performs herself to death.
The motivation of her relentless abuse is a wild sense of humor, a commentary on contemporary forms of media, and a successful attempt to make light of the all too often serious pretensions of today's art world. Despite their often gruesome acts, her child-like characters are disarming and full of wit.
21.6 x 28
21.6 x 28
21.6 x 28
25.3 x 3.7
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21.5 x 27.5
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Special projects, Posted on 19/11/2019
Inaugurato in occasione della Festa di San Martino, lo shop di oggetti in limited edition e pezzi unici d'artista prolungherà la sua apertura fino a sabato 23 novembreRead more
Events, Posted on 08/10/2019
For the first time with three artists we will present a new project in our stand at the fair in Verona from 11 to 13 October.Read more
Events, Posted on 03/10/2018
“This is a story about dreams mixed with reality”. Exhibition of the artists Andy Ness, Laurina Paperina, Margherita Paoletti, Nero/Alessandro Neretti e Pafo Gallieri at Factory Grisù in Ferrara, on the occasion of the Internazionale FestivalRead more
no category, Posted on 01/03/2018
We are back from South Africa! While waiting for spring and for the next exhibition, Cellar Contemporary brings Laurina Paperina’s waiting room at home! The project was presented at SetUp Art fair in Bologna (1-4 February 2018).Read more
by Davide Raffaelli