Katharina Arndt | FINEART PRINTS AND POSTERS
Luminous slogans, sparkling rhinestones and shiny car body paint: in Katharina Arndt’s work, the alluring surface is a striking symbol of life in the digital age. In the hyperreal and intangible online world, only visual appearance matters—that of ourselves and the products we should buy. In her works, the artist exaggerates and ironizes the contemporary mass consumerist aesthetic of a decadent, abundant society. She brings things to the shining surface which are to be suppressed by binge buying, i.e. our worries and fears, especially those of our own mortality.
In series such as Final Girl, Heavy Tools or Smoking and Drinking, Katharina Arndt shows strong, active, but also violent women who have adopted supposed masculine attitudes and attributes. Frequently, an only implied, powerful brutality is mixed with a wicked, sexy, erotic representation of women. The artist reverts to mostly cinematic models of pop culture and questions the emancipated (?) female image conveyed there. In her drawings with markers on lacquer fabric, the artist creates a never entirely natural coloring with yellow, green or blue skin or hair tones, which transform the originals conveyed through their media into a unique form.