STREET now open! Chicago | Los Angeles | Miami | New York | San Francisco | Santa Fe
Amsterdam | Berlin | Brussels | London | Paris | São Paulo | Toronto | China | India | Worldwide
 
New York

Vanessa MITTER

Indicator-greybk-0576b3776febf9f4be8e16c49bdf76da
 
  • 20140314174706-secret_place__then_i_remembered_installation_shot
  • 20140314181916-a_place_of_greater_safety
  • 20140314182648-unquiet_brides
  • 20140315013801-disembodied_head
  • 20140315014116-murmurings
  • 20140315014409-detail_of_painting__a_place_of_greater_safety___2010
  • 20140315014902-giving_up_the_ghost__2011__encaustic__oil_and_gloss_on_canvas__vanessa_mitter
  • 20140315015935-the_road_from_me_to_you_part_two
  • 20140315020612-vm_1
  • 20140315020954-monument
  • 20140315021403-follower
  • 20140315021847-3_school__2010__black_fineliner_on_paper__22
  • 20140315022452-the_rape__after_magritte_
  • 20140315023201-5_flower_heads__2010__black_fineliner_on_paper__37
  • 20140315023546-relic
  • 20140315024119-the_thinner_is_the_winner
  • 20140315024330-stasis_in_darkness
  • 20140315024754-01_-__ich__ich__ich__ich_
  • 20140315025049-martyr
  • 20140315025453-civility
  • 20140315025716-mediator
  • 20140315033427-aesthetics_of_emptiness_performance__venice_2011
  • 20140315034142-20121117-183258_1_
  • 20140315034253-varwwwclientsclient1web2tmpphpiupz7s
  • 20140315034430-performance_2012
 



20140314172713-vanessa_mitter_portrait

Lives in
London

Works in
London

Schools
Chelsea College of Art and Design, 2010, MA Fine Art
Central St. Martin's College of Art and Design, BA Fine Art: Painting
Kingston University, BTEC Higher National Diploma: Foundation Course in Art and Design

Statement

A painting has to be seductive. There is also an ambiguity, a tension about this seduction. Vanessa Mitter is interested in the complex territories of memory and childhood, in the unborn/the ghostly and in the construction of femininity: the rites of passage, the secrets, rituals, promises and obfuscations of these. In relation to this subject matter, the paint is heavily layered, the image often washed away and then reclaimed as part of the making process. Her influences range from Charlotte Salomon to Dawn Mellor and Cecily Brown.

In her practice, Vanessa Mitter is also informed by Julia Kristeva's writing(s) concerning the abject in relation to ideas of the feminine. 'We may call it a border; abjection is above all ambiguity. Because, while releasing a hold, it does not radically cut off the subject from what threatens it - on the contrary, abjection acknowledges it to be in perpetual danger.' (Kristeva, Powers of Horror). In her paintings, there is a sense of threat; of beauty and innocence on the edge of collapse. The paintings, The Beauty of her under Electric Light (the title influenced by a P. J. Harvey song of the same title) and Unquiet Brides are part of an ongoing series exploring female identity, autobiography and ritual.

Vanessa Mitter makes performances which explore confrontation, antagonism and ritual. These performances also reflect on the history of action painting and performance art. They are visceral and physically challenging. In all of her practice, she is interested in the performative and the gestural and in how these elements relate to liminal space and ritual. She seeks to destabilise the audience, forcing them to question their surroundings and their accepted modes of thinking and behaving. She asks questions about gender (taking on male and androgynous alter egos), history (the personas are sometimes from another time/era), the relationship between the viewer and the viewed or the performer and those who bear witness. It is in the live moment that fragments of the political erupt in to action.

Since Vanessa Mitter graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in September 2010, she has exhibited internationally. The galleries and project spaces she has shown at include: David Risley Gallery (Copenhagen - deKooning, deKooning, deKooning, 2011, curated by Dexter Dalwood), Carter Presents Gallery (London), Trajector Art Fair (Brussels), Galerie Deck (Stuttgart - now Strzelski Galerie), Project Space4828 (Venice -run and curated by Nicola Ruben Montini), Guest Projects (London), Schwartz Gallery (London), The Sassoon Gallery (London), Why Gallery (London), Field Project Space (London), Ambika P3 (London) and Take Courage Gallery (London).

Her paintings and drawings are held in private collections in: Stuttgart, London, Munich, Palma, Barcelona and Chicago. She was shortlisted for: 100 Painters of Tomorrow, 2013 (Beers Lambert Gallery, London. Leading to a Thames and Hudson publication of the same title), The Red Mansion Foundation Art Prize, 2011 and the GAM - Gilbert de Botton Art Prize, 2010.

An image of one of her paintings, Giving up the Ghost, was featured in April 2011's issue of Frieze magazine, along with a review of the exhibition, deKooning, deKooning, deKooning, (David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen). Other reviews of the same show appeared in various publications, including Politiken, Denmark. Other publications include the catalogue for Mitter's solo exhibition, Life Was Never Meant to be This Way at the Museu Casal de Cultura, Mallorca, an interview with Nicola Ruben Montini for Posi+tive Magazine, features in Sonnendeck art magazine and Show Time, the catalogue for Dillmann Kunstmarkt (art fair), Stuttgart

Recent Exhibits

Vanessa MITTER participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2014 Beuys Keep Swinging
1st Floor Landing Space, E Block Chelsea College of Art and Design
 
Feb, 2014 The True, The Beautiful, The Good
100 Years Gallery
 
Dec, 2013 The True, The Beautiful, The Good
The Museum of Ethnography, Belgrade, Serbia
 
Jul, 2013 Hot-One-Hundred
SCHWARTZ GALLERY
 
May, 2012 If Only You Could See What I've Seen with Your Eyes
Ambika P3
 
May, 2012 FAD Office
Ambika P3
 
Click here to see all exhibits for Vanessa MITTER
Exhibited with these artists
Exhibited at these venues
curated with these artists
curated at these venues
Vanessa MITTER has curated at these venues:

Camden Town Unlimited
Main-addtags-924c433b10d7fa1e798f459a6c516fec add to mylistEmail email this artistWarn16_1-acea3e816f6ab6f7c1ff67db4fe34a36 report abuseMain-help-83f1644dca34c1af4fed1d49d175d955 contact us for help

Copyright © 2006-2012 by ArtSlant, Inc. All images and content remain the © of their rightful owners.