Katharina J. Schween
Katharina J. Schween - Auftragsmalerei Bamberg



  • part of the ‚Imperfections‘ series*

  • oil on canvas

  • 90 x 90 cm, unframed

  • available as a limited art print

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Judith looks at her viewer as if caught in the act. The charismatic, beautiful woman, named after the tormentor of Holofernes, carries a knife behind her back as if to hide her bloody deed. Contrary to the obvious depiction of Judith by Artemisia Gentileschi (Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1614-1620), this Judith here unintentionally turns so unfavourably that we can see the bloody weapon. This work depicts a battered woman’s fantasy of resisting male dominance in her life, trying to simultaneously hide her urge and show it to the world. The subject leaves us with unanswered questions: does a woman show her anger, or should it remain hidden? How open do we deal with violence and fantasy?

*The Imperfections series shows the aesthetics of the supposedly unsightly: the baroque splendor of the protagonists staged is in deliberate contradiction to the humorous use of elements or situations from our contemporary everyday life – united in a harmonious total work of art.

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Design by KNODAN

Katharina J. Schween - Bamberg Germany
Katharina J. Schween - Bamberg Germany

Design by KNODAN

This project was supported as part of the "Junge Kunst und neue Wege" scholarship program of the Free State of Bavaria.
Bay. Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst
Bay. Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst
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