Bleiben oder Gehen
The title of this print translates as “stay or go” in English. A hybrid figure with the face of a woman and the body of a tree stands rooted in place; a second female figure takes a step away from the first while holding what appears to be a dollhouse—a repeated form in the artist’s work. Several more figures lay in groups of two in the expanse of the hybrid figure’s roots. The artist playfully juxtaposes motifs from her oeuvre in this work, such as botanical elements and the ribbon wrapping around the figure’s trunk. The composition also includes disparate references to the myth of Apollo and Daphne, including various examples of the story's portrayal in art history, as well as Louise Bourgeois' painting series Femme Maison.
Rosa Loy (b. 1958) is known for large-scale figurative paintings and intimate works on paper that feature richly composed worlds populated almost exclusively by female figures. The imagined and the real coexist in Loy’s compositions. The artist frequently draws from her own experience, including her garden or surroundings in Leipzig and memories of her youth growing up in East Germany. These elements appear alongside ambiguous icons and symbols.
Loy transforms the familiar into the uncanny. The artist's work often borrows imagery from various fairy tales and myths. As art historian and critic Barry Schwabsky notes: “Loy is above all an inventor of seductively enigmatic imagery, one of those artists who conjure potential narratives while carefully keeping them sufficiently open-ended to allow any interested viewer to decide on his or her own. The drawings offer greater scope for the artist’s pictorial imagination, making it even clearer that Loy is not just an imagemaker but a painter in the fullest sense: You are likely to admire their formal characteristics—line, color, touch, composition—before entering the game of subject matter. Of course, you do find yourself in the game before you know it.”
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Rosa Loy’s artwork depicts rich, fairytale-esque worlds populated almost exclusively by female subjects in multiples or pairs. A student of horticulture, the artist draws inspiration from her memories as well as her surroundings; she creates sketches for each of her compositions, and never works from photographs. Along with frequent collaborator Neo Rauch, Loy was associated with the loose artistic movement known as the New Leipzig School.
This print playfully juxtaposes motifs from the artist's oeuvre, such as botanical elements and the ribbon wrapping around the figure’s trunk. The composition also includes disparate references to the myth of Apollo and Daphne.More
- Edition of 35
- Signed and dated
- Printed by Lithographisches Atelier Leipzig
- Published by Utopia Editions