By: Flavia Frigeri
Treading a fine line between beauty and ugliness, the paintings of Swiss-born, Los Angeles-based artist Louise Bonnet (born 1970) feature voluptuous torsos and bulbous extremities, odd-looking noses, nipples and wig-like clusters of mostly blonde hair.
With her eclectic approach to the figure, Bonnet challenges ideas of identity and representation.
Known for her portraits of exaggerated proportions and grotesque features, Louise Bonnet (b. 1970) continually explores emotions of melancholy, loneliness, nostalgia and grief in her works on canvas or paper. Her strong sense of corporeality and precise observation of the tension and movements of body parts result in bending extremities, bloated noses, swollen hands and feet. Bonnet’s protagonists, often situated in everyday environments and domestic interiors, appear involuntarily stretched. Their bodies seem to reflect a disturbing discomfort, an uneasy state of mind that makes their limbs writhe.
Hardcover: 80 pages
Publisher: Holzwarth Publications (3 Nov. 2020)
Product Dimensions: 24.13 x 1.27 x 29.85 cm