Cris Brodahl, Turning Death Into Stunning Art

Cris Brodahl, Seattle Art Museum

Cris Brodahl, Seattle Art Museum

Cris Brodahl, Seattle Art Museum

Cris Brodahl, Seattle Art Museum
Cris Brodahl is a German artist whose work is marked by two things: death and buzzwords.

The first pertains to her work, which is absolutely remarkable. Brodahl creates mixed media pieces that combine porcelain with oil paint with wood and various other surfaces. The subject of them have to do with these haunted, disfigured women. The idea surrounding her pieces pertains to disfiguring, shapeshifting, and slicing the female body, oftentimes juxtaposed with gothic and religious iconography. She accomplishes this by creating these traditional portraits that are, for lack of better words, fucked up. Skulls embellish their necks, their faces are divided in two or three pieces, collage reshapes, and we end up with these amazing pieces of art. I also want to note how amazing her sculptures are. I actually enjoy them more than the paintings because they are so out of this world.

The second pertains to Brodahl’s image as an artist. In all my research and when Bobby and I saw her exhibit at SAM, Brodahl is marked by the word “next” and “upcoming.” Although I find those words utterly gross and down right silly, Brodahl really is a fantastic artist and is someone whose sun is rising in her career. She currently has her SAM solo show as well as a concurrent solo show at Los Angeles’ own Marc Foxx, which is her third show there. She also has been building so much momentum that she is moving on to two solo exhibitions a year.

Cris Brodahl’s work is very, very cool and truly are pieces that you want to see in person as they are intricate and three dimensional. She is definitely “one to watch”–and I’m not just saying that because it has been written all over the place.


2 Comments Cris Brodahl, Turning Death Into Stunning Art

  1. TreasureLA May 11, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    I was a big fan of the pieces I saw at SAM as well. I lingered in that room for quite awhile, while the rest of my party moved on.

  2. Sucah16 June 9, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    I have admired Brodahl’s work since seeing it in SAM as well. It is my favorite work exhibited in the museum by far. I like how she paints realistically without making the images look stale by simply being realistic. The way she disects her figures seems very fresh to me – it is as though we are able to see into them during the captured moment. I think that it concentrates as much on life as it does death – as they go hand in hand.

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