Jakob Lena Knebl
Inkjet-print on photopaper; edition 1/3
162 × 122 cm (framed)
Inv. No. 0373
The photo shows two hands interlocking. It is a tender touch. One hand opens like a bowl, the other – it is that of a doll – is more slender. The spherical joints of wood are painted pink, and the fingertips touch the palm. A floral pattern can be seen as a background – a dress with white flowers on a blue and black background. In the upper left corner is bold red fabric with a detailed pattern in light red, green and yellow. The starting point for this self-portrait, which shows two right hands, is a preoccupation with Hans Bellmer. The Bauhaus artist and Surrealist integrated dolls into photographs, at the same time showing human body parts mechanized and de-realized. Jakob Lena Knebl researches desire, notions of fetish and symbolic charges in design.
Thomas D. Trummer, 2021 (translation: Virginia Dellenbaugh)Continue reading