Pamela Rosenkranz, ‘Creation, Deterioration, Conservation (Menis)’, 2015, Swiss Institute Benefit Auction 2015

While Pamela Rosenkranz’s work is distinctly non-figurative, her concepts are intimately tied to the human body as a material object. The physical process behind her gestural, flesh-toned paintings like Creation, Deterioration, Conservation (Menis), takes influence from Yves Klein’s historic “Anthropometries.” Rosenkranz also filled the Swiss Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale with a mysterious monochrome liquid, mimicking a Caucasian skin tone. Her work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Zabludowicz Collection, London.

Image rights: Courtesy the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York

About Pamela Rosenkranz

While omitting figuration, Pamela Rosenkranz’s installations, sculptures, videos, and works-on- paper reveal a careful attention to the human body and its surroundings. Since 2009, the Swiss artist has been creating a series of body paintings on paper or emergency foil blankets that allude to Yves Kleins’ “Anthropometry” paintings. In other works, Rosenkranz has scattered Fiji water and Gatorade bottles filled with paint or colored fluid throughout the gallery space. The absence of the body in Rosenkranz’s work elicits a paradox at the core of her practice, one in which she attempts to escape the centrality of the human while also recognizing it as the source of corporeal and intellectual perception.

Swiss, b. 1979