The couple, 2019

Mixed media on paper
100 x 70 cm | 39.37 x 27.56 in

Karlien De Villiers, with her bizarre characters who seem to come from the world of comics, pushes us to reflect on problems that are always present in our society with a biting irony.

In this artwork, the artist presents a couple facing each other. They appear close, yet distant, their lips drawn, their eyes fleeing the gaze of the other, the livid color of their skin, everything indicates a state of strong embarrassment or tension. As close as they are physically, thy are very distant mentally. To make the tension even more evident is the game between them, a kind of force four, in which each has to make a move that the other carefully examines to understand how to respond, exactly as happens in couple's dynamics, so to every action corresponds a reaction.

KARLIEN DE VILLIERS, Floating Solo, Cellar Contemporary, Trento, March 2021

Published on:
KARLIEN DE VILLIERS, Floating Solo, ed. Cellar Contemporary, Trento 2021, p. 28

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