Texts

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Of heads, bodies and other relations

Harald Theiss

Modelled heads, over and again: floor installations, behind glass, in groups or individually mounted on metal rods. At eye level, with their presence they acquire minimal physical traits and intimacy. In clay or bronze, Patricia Dreyfus’s heads betoken an inner gaze, prompting viewers to adopt a form

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lettre à moi-même

Harald Theiss

It is not in fact letters that the artist Patricia Dreyfus writes to herself – it is more that she appropriates a linguistic system using different (visual) characters in order thus to evolve a taxonomy based on artistic means that follows its own rules. She cedes its semantic dimension and the question of informative content to the interpretations and perceptions of the viewer.

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The black Island

Dagrun Hintze

Houses are a recurrent motif in Patricia Dreyfus’s drawings – sometimes in the form of high-rise buildings, elsewhere as simple family homes in the way children paint them. In general, the motif belongs to the thematic complex of “women” or “femininity”. The drawing “Turbulenz-Zone” (Zone of turbulence) shows a naked female figure squatting on top of a somewhat crumpled block of flats; the figure is using the roof of the neighbouring building (which has been skewered by a rocket) as a makeshift tabletop to stand drinks on.

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Publications

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L’Île imaginaire

Schulz und Schulz
2017

“My face is all red, with nothing but an eye, in the forehead. I move through impenetrable fog, a little lost

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Insomnia

Benteli
2011

Being cursed with sleeplessness, Emile Cioran wrote, is “an extremely painful experience, a catastrophe. But it allows you to understand things that the others cannot understand: sleeplessness puts you outside the living’s domain, outside humanity.”

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Signes de têtes

Mendibourne
1996

…the infinite ensemble of heads creates a vast family of people all relaying their thoughts to one another like so many sparks required to arm Prometheus.

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