Pépé Smit's work is often not what it looks like at first glance. Misleading sweetness takes you by the hand and leads you into a darker world where hidden power relations are explored. In a familiar but uncomfortable view on daily life, an innocent ritual like having a cup of tea turns out to be an everlasting stranglehold.
Smit shares the vision of Schopenhauer on boredom, pain and happiness. ‘Boredom’ as a lack of suspense and excitement is seen as the most dreary state man can get to. Love and cruelty are also inseparable. Smit loves to play with these issues in a very ordinary setting. She has a keen eye for the common character of these mechanisms. This reveals itself much stronger in her portrayals than for example in a SM-room. With pleasure Smit explores the clichés and taboos of our society. Clichés as the innocence of children, feminine beauty, motherhood and art itself are all being tackled.
With obvious pleasure and viciousness she plays with the keen eye of the spectator. The contradictions in issues like guilt & innocence, sweet & vicious, lust & punishment which emerge in her work, are all fascinating and alluring because they seem to touch a deeper layer in our consciousness.
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