“Hello Flaumi, we are going to the river to look at our reflection, wanna join us?” ask the diamond-shaped characters their troubled young community member Flaumi.
As in many of Amelie von Wulffen’s comics inhabited by speaking shapes, small animals, fruits and vegetables, gallerists, the artist herself and her Berlin milieu, in Flaumi is Developing Splendidly—one of the four stories published in English on the occasion of the exhibition at Radio Athènes—von Wulffen explores the vicissitudes of reflective representation.
The mirror (the river in this case) as a recording surface for visual perceptions but also as a surface behind which there is content —think of Alice Through the Looking Glass— can serve as a metaphor for the complicated narratives performed in the pictorial space Amelie von Wulffen creates. “Am I the lover or the beloved—the one who wants or the one who is wanted?” asks Ovid’s Narcissus as he encounters his reflection. Is it the painter’s desire (fantasy) we are looking at, is it our desire (fantasy)?
Trenchant and obscure, dark and funny, and I would argue awash with tenderness, Amelie von Wulffen, in the words of artist Amy Sillman: “stretches painting and drawing out horizontally, but to send it down the rabbit hole of the everyday.” With the support of Outset Greece.
The publication ‘Amelie von Wulffen, Hedwig’s Betrayal: 4 Comics’ was made possible with the support of Goethe-Institut and the exhibition with the support of Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.
Tuesday, 17 September, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
17 September – 16 November
Wednesday 4 – 8 pm
Saturday 1 – 5 pm