Cecily Brown. Days of Heaven

Cecily Brown almost always uses pornographic material as inspiration for her paintings: ‘I use this material to study the body. With it I am interested in the emotional content of these models’. From a distance the skin-coloured dots and lines, mainly painted on large canvases, appear as naked bodies, close up the erotic scenes she depicts crystallise out. ‘The painting of Cecily Brown is an art of sexual solidarity and partnership. Nonetheless, it involves men too, in an ongoing process of role-reversal; and the result may be to alter their subjectivity just as women’s subjectivity is being altered. Above and beyond the undisputed painterly qualities of Cecily Brown’s paintings their true achievement resides in the vicissitudes of role-play. In the act of alternating between male and female, of covering the distance between the unknown Other – in whose place one suddenly finds oneself – and the return to the Self, the conventional positions of the sexes become fluid.’

Text: Schmidt-Wulffen Stephan. cm 23,5×32; pp. 28; COL; paperback. Publisher: Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2001.

ISBN: 9783931355111| 393135511X

ID: AM-6371

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Cecily Brown almost always uses pornographic material as inspiration for her paintings: ‘I use this material to study the body. With it I am interested in the emotional content of these models’. From a distance the skin-coloured dots and lines, mainly painted on large canvases, appear as naked bodies, close up the erotic scenes she depicts crystallise out. ‘The painting of Cecily Brown is an art of sexual solidarity and partnership. Nonetheless, it involves men too, in an ongoing process of role-reversal; and the result may be to alter their subjectivity just as women’s subjectivity is being altered. Above and beyond the undisputed painterly qualities of Cecily Brown’s paintings their true achievement resides in the vicissitudes of role-play. In the act of alternating between male and female, of covering the distance between the unknown Other – in whose place one suddenly finds oneself – and the return to the Self, the conventional positions of the sexes become fluid.’

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