Bubble

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

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“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

5060229, 2022 | Oil on canvas | 60 x 50 cm

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3545226, 2022 | Oil on canvas | 45 x 35 cm

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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.

6075229, 2022 | Oil on canvas | 75 x 60 cm

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1216227, 2022 | Oil on canvas | 160 x 120 cm

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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.

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ABOUT Katinka Lampe

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.

Lampe often uses accessories loaded with connotation to provoke loose characterizations of theme and mood. The imposed roles played by her models, their poses, expressions, and their way of being dressed, mostly copied from magazines, the internet or old master paintings, obscure their personality and provoke deeper and subjective meaning in the minds of the viewers. Through these juxtapositions the artist explores important societal themes relating to identity, aging, color, and the ever-growing dependence on media.

Katinka Lampe is an artist based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She received her degree from the Academy of Art and Design St. Joost in ‘s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally in a variety of galleries, museums, and prominent art fairs such as Museum Arnhem, Arnhem,NL: Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, NL; Singer Museum, Laren, NL, Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, NL ; Untitled Art San Francisco, USA and Untitled, Art, Miami Beach, USA. Her work is included in the collections of 21C Museum Hotels, USA; West Sun Capital Collection, Montreal,CA: Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL; APMA, AmorePacific Museum of Art Seoul, KR; Museum van Loon, Amsterdam, NL; C.N.A.P Centre National des Arts Plastique, Paris, FR; Museum More, Gorssel, NL; Schunck*, Heerlen, NL; Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam,Nl; De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, NL; ING Collection, Amsterdam, NL; Art Curial, Paris, FR; Frisseras Museum Athens, GR, and Cobra to Contemporary/The Brown Family Collection.

Katinka Lampe was born in 1963 in Tilburg, NL
She lives and works in Rotterdam, NL

https://katinkalampe.nl/

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