Apologetic Power2019, 49 x 69
Ambera Wellmann, born 1982 in Nova Scotia, Canada; lives and works in Berlin

Ambera Wellmann’s body of work generates and embraces the uncanny, with paintings that amalgamate layers of different nature on the canvas. Her recent focus on porcelain as a feminized material and its mythological and allegorical power feels firmly contemporary and inherently historical. Figures dissolve with one another in sexual encounters, in a dynamic existence, rendering the complexity of desire. Approaching the subject of desire from a female perspective, the spectral concoctions of layered images act as a way of understanding the contemporary self. Underneath the expressive surfaces, one sees the painting’s history shining through the inherited images of sexuality that challenge the vocabulary attributed to womanhood.

Ambera Wellmann’s work has been shown internationally at Montpellier Contemporary (MOCO) (2019, solo); Istanbul Biennial (2019); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2019); MoMA Warsaw (2019), Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2019); Lulu, Mexico City (2019, solo); Projet Pangée, Montreal, (2018, solo); Office Baroque, Brussels (2018); Regional Centre for Contemporary Art, Sète, France (2018); Arsenal Contemporary, New York (2018); Oakville Galleries, Oakville (2018); Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2018); Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, (2018); Suzanne Biederberg Gallery Amsterdam, (2017, two-person); TrépanierBaer Gallery, Calgary (2016, solo); Dupont Projects Toronto, (2016, solo)

The Artbarn
September 10 – November 30, 2022
The Artbarn
January 15 – April 30, 2022

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