Katinka Lampe traverses the realms of figurative, expressionist, and abstract painting in her soft, yet uncanny, portraits. Her works, though imbued with a sense of realism, are not meant to represent those that they depict. Through the obvious use of light and shadow, perspective or crop, Lampe tries to bring alienation but above all space into the work. For her, craftsmanship, aesthetics, ornament and control are the tools to create a new image that contributes to a certain reset. Resetting our judgment of others, resetting our social relationships.
The painting 4050219 by Katinka Lampe is part of Bubble, a series of paintings she created during the lockdown of 2021. Separated from the world, without friends, colleagues and collectors in her studio, she felt like being contained in a bubble. Bubble is also inspired by the term filter bubble, which was coined by internet activist Eli Pariser circa 2010. According to Pariser, internet users get less exposure to conflicting viewpoints and are isolated intellectually in their own informational bubble. He warned that “invisible algorithmic editing of the web” may limit our exposure to new information and narrow our outlook. This may increase polarization and extremism.
4050219, 2021 | Oil on canvas | 50 x 40 cm
“During the Covid pandemic of last few years, we literally got stuck in our own home bubble. Besides the fact that the whole world had to cope with an awful disease and an economic challenge, this period could have given us valuable new insides. Namely that we are social species. We can’t live without physical connection, new input, and insights. In my painting, I have used more bleak colors to reflect the feeling of loneliness experienced in quarantine.” – Katinka Lampe
About the artist
Katinka Lampe traverses the realms of figurative, expressionist, and abstract painting in her soft, yet uncanny, portraits. Her works, though imbued with a sense of realism, are not meant to represent those that they depict. Resemblance is not the defining characteristic of these pieces. Instead, the artist sees the figures as visual impressions that, once transformed by her gaze, become representative of larger themes within society, rather than the individual.Go to the artist page