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Aesthetic Mutations: A Painter Projects Her WorldThe protagonists in Stefanie Gutheil's (b. Ravensburg, 1980; lives andworks in Berlin) paintings are her personal monsters. They appear inthe form of creatures wearing scold's bridles, hungry crocodiledinosaurhybrids, cats, skinned bodies, sex-club denizens, wormeatenchimeras that are half human, half animal, or hordes of affablephalluses. The spaces she composes often resemble surreal mobilesor towers in which these figures, many of them sexless, becomeGutheil's alter egos. Her mastery of her medium is on display inpaintings executed in vigorous brushwork and raised areas of oil paintthat weave in far-flung references to the works of Picasso, PhilipGuston, or Hieronymus Bosch. Beyond the political dimension ofqueer emancipation, Gutheil invites us to explore the world of a vividpuerile imagination, which she deftly contrasts with the arid earnestnessof heteronormative lifestyles. The extensive monograph is thefirst to document her creative approach and humorous engagementwith the demons of our time and covers her work from 2008 through2019. With essays by Larissa Kikol and Ingo Clauß.
The protagonists in Stefanie Gutheil’s (b. Ravensburg, 1980; lives andworks in Berlin) paintings are her personal monsters