Close it up and tell what you see !
“Believe it or not, I was rejected by the School of Art not only once but 6 times in a row. But I kept on trying”.
…And here she is.
The adjective “fascinating” in art may rely on a subjective perception of extremely eye-catching and enchanting workpieces that emerge mostly from unconventional approaches and methods. Some artists, particularly painters, make characters out of people and objects; some others remain inspired by myriads of motives that come to representative lives before people´s eyes.
Sometimes, they turn into character-like-subjects. In fine thread-like strands growing from the skin of humans heads, hairs, one finds Johanna Flammer´s artistic inspiration, out of haircuts depicted on magazines.
At a very first look at Johanna Flamer´s paintings, the spectator faces an imposing representation that might barely be broken down into its elements at a second glance. This German painter, born in a small town close to Dusseldorf, is fascinated by the simplest haircut images in magazines.
These are her korpus and starting point. By means of scalping the haircuts of people, Flammers takes them out of their original contexts to try different ones. Her use of materials and techniques grant new ground to that motives, thus making the whole a homogeneous mysterious unity that captivates us all.
Johanna Flammer (40) doesn´t have a clear answer to her passion to hair. It might be pure speculation to state that her own “curly” hair and “daily struggle” with it would have led her to confront this fact through scalping other´s haircuts, she explains. She´s just got into and to love it. Artistically, it is an interesting and unique approach, since she tries on separate contexts that become, in turn, an unity by collaging, painting and drawing based on, at radom, chosen haircut images, a radical act -as she once defined it- that arose from a pure desire of experimenting for aiming at artistic beauty.
By Vincent Echenique