Christina Niederberger
Born 1961 in Switzerland | Lives and works in London, UK

Christina Niederberger is interested in the language of painting and how this language has been framed by its cultural conditions, historical tradition and gender politics. Niederberger’s studio practice examines how a renewed consideration of these contextual elements offers possibilities for a contemporary painting practice. Since 2016, Niederberger has been focused mainly on Abstract Expressionism and its legacy, ‘translating’ (masculine) expressionistic brush-strokes into an illusionistic mark making which mimics embroidery/textiles and as such alludes to feminine materials and craft. Borrowing from both the vocabulary of Modernism and of textile art, Niederberger creates painterly translations from one visual language to another that can be read as hybrid texts engaged in a process of interpretation between languages and cultures, Modernism and contemporary art, between painting and textile as well as between a culture dominated by masculinity and a feminist perspective.

I Picture a Rainbow, 2021
Oil on canvas
50.5 x 50.5 cm

Then&Now (after de Kooning), 2020
Oil on canvas
70 x 59 cm

Bauhome, 2021
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 cm

Penelope II, 2020
Oil on canvas
60 x 50 cm

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