Saturday, November 14, 2009

Article: Unica Zürn

"German poet/artist Unica Zürn (1916-1970). The elusiveness and intricacy of Zürn's nightmarish fantasies still potent almost four decades after her suicide at age 54.

"Her few shimmering paintings are almost ephemeral, faded, with detailed biomorphic elements suggesting exotic flowers, birds, fish, and jellyfish, all seemingly in perpetual flotation. "

"These 50 mostly untitled pieces are intricate and whimsical, prime examples of the surrealist technique of automatic drawing. They offer the viewer a fluid stream of subconscious desire as manifested in delicate, curly lines, smudged ink, twisting spirals that sometimes evolve into faces, and psychedelic creatures that curl in and out of patterned abstraction. 

"Phantasmagorical creatures hover at the center of Zürn's sketchbook pages, as if without gravity, bearing multiple sets of eyes, breasts, limbs, and orifices, but in a somewhat zoological order: birds up high, cat in the middle, snakes and fish below, all dated and signed." -NY Arts Magazine

One interesting woman. I'm simply entranced, captivated, astounded by the lines and detail she puts into her work! I feel as if we are quite short of these sorts of artists nowadays. What happened?

Read the full article here.

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