Untitled (2011) Katinka Lampe

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About the artwork

In 2011, CBK Rotterdam, in collaboration with Havensteder and Sonor, developed a plan to provide renovated ornament frames around the Zwaanshals with a work of art. Seven new paintings have been applied and two well-known works have been restored. The Rotterdam artist Katinka Lampe made a portrait of a girl for the ornament frame on the corner of the Zaagmolenstraat and the Jacob Catsstraat. Girls, young women, form the basis of Lampe's work, which masters these models and displays them smoothly. But precisely because she makes these portraits so beautiful and precise, it is striking that those girls are not standard models. Each time they are a bit too artificial and too impersonal to be 'real', to speak to passers-by as girls of flesh and blood. This friction in Lampe's work acquires a different meaning in public space. There, normally, billboards display images of young women who are selected for beauty and for personalization options. Lampe's work does not do that without you being able to pinpoint exactly why not. A role is played by Lampe working on newspaper photos of women that you also don't see in the Rotterdam street scene: Iraqi women from war zones, the children of Michael Jackson wearing masks, a Chinese with a mouth cap against air pollution. Lampe applies such artificial interventions to children and young people who are too young to be involved with such serious themes. As a result, she gives her subjects both presence and vulnerability, without ever becoming sentimental.

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About the artist

Katinka Lampe (Tilburg, 1963) studied at the Royal Academy of Art and Design in 's Hertogenbosch. She lives and works in Rotterdam. Her paintings show portraits in which young models are depicted with precision and a great sense of beauty without being an exact representation of specific people. The method of painting is controlled and smooth. The addition of alienating objects to the models lends the paintings a high level of abstraction. In her paintings, Lampe shows the vulnerability of the person portrayed without becoming sentimental.

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Jacob Catsstraat 1, 3035 PA Rotterdam, Netherlands