A SOLO PRESENTATION WITH SOFIE BIRD MØLLER
The Danish artist Sofie Bird Møller is known for her work with fashion advertisements and poster from the public space. The advertisements are torn out from well-‐known magazines or advertisement posters and with precision but also decided violence Sofie Bird Møller has painted over the models in the advertisements so they appear as abstract forms and so the painted shapes partly obscure what lies underneath. Anthropomorphic figures are suggested by thick, lush brushstrokes that have been laid over models striking elegant poses. The texture and viscosity of the paint are suggestive of naked flesh, even muscle tissue, meat.
The use of the body as a paintbrush has been known throughout the history of art – especially as practiced by the French artist Yves Klein, who throughout the 1960s held performances where he painted women in his well known ‘Klein Blue’ shade and rolled them around on a canvas which was spread out on the floor – but at a distance from the canvas, as his own body was not used. Sofie Bird Møller is far more physical, more present, and seduces the viewer in her new dark paintings that consist of innumerable layers of thick paint. The most important thing in Bird Møller’s works is that the body and the expression are the artist’s own – she deliberately uses her own body as a paintbrush and occupies the canvas in a performance. Smeared in thick paint she twists, turns and presses her body against the restricted space constituted by the two-‐dimensional surface of the canvas. In the works from the series INTERACTION posters from public space form the background for Bird Møller’s modifications, so that the logos and posing models are wholly or partially concealed by the imprint of the body. But in general the works are about an urge to cover something over, hide away and expose something else.
The paintings involve a wide spectrum of mental states – sombre, dark, mysterious sides are juxtaposed with huge energy and positivity. The female body almost dances on the paper, which is surrounded by steel frames handmade by the artist.