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Maria Petschnig
updated: 04/30/2010
website: www.maria.petschnig.cc
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Born To Perform performance
Born To Perform
Born To Perform installation view
Born To Perform installation view
Minnie
Minnie
TV Room
Belly Faces
Midnight Showing installation view
Pongo
Holodeck
Midnight Showing
Only the Perverse Phantasy Can Still Save Us
KIP MASKER
Minnie
 
Portfolio Keywords:  identity, psychological, erotic, feminist, abstract, conceptual, fantasy, surreal, gender/sexuality
 
 
Born To Perform performance by Maria Petschnig
Born To Perform performance
videostill
2009
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Born To Perform by Maria Petschnig
Born To Perform
videostill
2009
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Born To Perform installation view by Maria Petschnig
Born To Perform installation view
Mixed Media Video Installation
2010
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Born To Perform installation view by Maria Petschnig
Born To Perform installation view
Mixed Media Video Installation
2010
Dimensions variable
Minnie by Maria Petschnig
Minnie
Mixed Media Video Installation
2009
Dimensions variable
Minnie by Maria Petschnig
Minnie
Mixed Media Video Installation
2009
Dimensions variable
TV Room by Maria Petschnig
TV Room
Live Video Performance
2009
Dimensions variable
Belly Faces by Maria Petschnig
Belly Faces
Live Video Performance
2007
Dimensions variable
Midnight Showing installation view by Maria Petschnig
Midnight Showing installation view
performance
2009
Dimensions variable
Pongo by Maria Petschnig
Pongo
c-print
2008
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Holodeck by Maria Petschnig
Holodeck
Videostill
2008
Dimensions variable
Midnight Showing by Maria Petschnig
Midnight Showing
Live Performance
2009
Dimensions variable
Only the Perverse Phantasy Can Still Save Us by Maria Petschnig
Only the Perverse Phantasy Can Still Save Us
C-Print
2008
Dimensions variable
KIP MASKER  by Maria Petschnig
KIP MASKER
Videostill
2007
Dimensions variable
Minnie by Maria Petschnig
Minnie
Videostill
2007
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

My work explores the relationship between the body and clothing, drawing attention to questions concerning sexuality, identity, voyeurism and fantasy, through a specifically feminist/post-feminist viewpoint. I intentionally play on prejudices and stereotypes, creating a constant shift between the sensual and the grotesque while tapping into the pool of endless roles, poses, and personae. All clothing carries a gendered message as well as functions as a social masquerade. In contrast, I choose to alter this dynamic, emphasizing the sculptural element of clothing as opposed to its function as signifying second skin. Therefore, in my work I strive to encourage a different, real, non-judgmental gaze, beyond the common generalizations and the objectified perceptions of the body.

Since the beginning of my artistic practice I have been staging private performances (in the apartment, no audience) in which my body would serve as the main sculptural material, adorned or combined with pieces of clothing altered according to my taste. In addition to these outfits, I make use of different staging concepts to create an overall environment that will best capture my artistic vision. Because I was originally trained in painting, at first these private performances were only used as studies for my painted images. In 2006 I abandoned canvas and started to document these performances on the more direct media of video and photography.

To date, I have preferred to use my own body in my work in order to retain total control of the images, as well as for obvious practical reasons. This is important because, to the female spectator, the public and private presentation of the female body—i.e. in film, on television, in photography—is often intimidating instead of empowering. On the one hand the modern woman has hard won the autonomy to look how she wants to look but still our way of looking at a female body has not seemed to change. There is, as well, an ambivalent relationship towards nudity and sexuality in American society that, in an odd way, carries over into the realm of feminism. It is this conflict and ambivalence that I wish to address in my work.

 

Artist Bio / CV

Maria Petschnig was born 1977 in Klagenfurt, Austria, and moved to New York in 2003. She studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and at the Royal College of Art and the Wimbledon School of Art in London. Maria’s work explores the relationship between the body and clothing, drawing attention to questions concerning sexuality, identity, voyeurism and fantasy, all from a specifically feminist/post-feminist viewpoint. Her work has been shown at numerous solo and group shows and film festivals internationally. Most recently, her video installations were shown in New York at On Stellar Rays, at the Austrian Cultural Forum, NYC, or at the 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam, Holland. In 2010 Maria’s work will be included in “Greater New York” at P.S.1 MoMA, and at the Stadtparkpavillion, Innsbruck, Austria, among others.

 

 

 

 

FILMOGRAPHIE:

Born To Perform, 20 min, Super-8 transfer, 2009

Pareidolia, 4 min, miniDV, 2008

Holodeck, 2 min, miniDV, 2008

MINNIE, 6 min, miniDV, 2007

KIP MASKER, 3 min, Beta SP, 2007

Scopophilic, 3 min, miniDV , 2006

peep, 7 min, miniDV, 2003

saucy slips & kinky curves, 3 min, miniDV, 2002