Esther Levigne

Barcelona (ESP)

2016 / Pencil, pastel and stickers on paper / 21 x 29,7 cm

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Esther Levigne is a Dutch artist born in Barcelona in 1973. Her work invokes the viewer to question the ideas of beauty and sexuality. With a blending of dissonant images she creates a disturbing universe where the female image in the male erotic iconography is being reinvented. Esther received her Bachelor in arts and education from the Academy of visuals arts Maastricht (Netherlands). In 1997 she got awarded with the ‘Ilse Frankenthal’ (best graphic work) for her photographical etching and was selected to participate in “Artist on the Move” a project to promote young emerging artists, curated by gallery Wanda Reiff. The project was presented in Poitiers France and her work included in the Dutch art magazine Elsevier’s calendar. Since 2001 till now she provides solo shows in Gallery ArtSingel (Amsterdam). Her work has been featured in international shows such as the ‘Dutch Artists’ (London), ‘Ten Toon’ (Hamar, Norway), ‘Movimiento’ (Berlin, Germany) and Greenpoint Gallery (New York). Her work has been included in prominent art collections such as the DSM art collection (Netherlands), Atrium hospital (Netherlands) and diverse private collections. In 2006 she returned to Barcelona where she became resident in ‘ La Escocesa’, an Art Space for creators. In 2013 she had her solo show ‘Swallow’ curated by Sudacadreams in gallery Mmac (Barcelona). Her work has been reviewed by ‘Juliete art Magazine’ and Hestetika Magazine. It also has been featured in tv shows like Kunstblik (Dutch art show). She has been living and working in New York and Amsterdam and is now moving back to Barcelona.

My obsession with the human body, religion, violence, eroticism, beauty, innocence of childhood and submission, find their expression in my work. This creates a landscape where I form, evolve and destroy human relationships, without the constraints and rules that dictates culture, society, and body. The blending of dissonant elements which at first sight seem unrelated, creates a disturbing universe, a world of fantasy where dreams and colours, flowers, embroidery, membranes and cuts emphasizes the cruelty of the most intimate and hidden desires the human being.

The eagerness of man to aesthetic perfection of the body is reflected in the characters who live an internal fight with weapons, incisions, wounds with body fluids that flow into drops, tears, bubbles or flowering plants. The cuts are produced in the skin, thereby exposing a hidden reality. It creates new personifications, some which invoke the viewer to question their ideas about beauty and sexuality. The female image in the male erotic iconography, is attributed with tools to reinvent herself, to remove her skin and to show a complex world full of dualities and inner desires.

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