Wellmann’s paintings encourage an experience of uncertain intimacy. Portraying human and, on occasion, animal bodies, the figures within her work commingle into numberless, genderless corporealities, resisting the performative power dynamics present in the Western canon of figuration from which she gleans.
Working from a distinctly feminist and queered perspective, Wellmann’s paintings harness the unpredictable possibilities of an internal gaze in order to refuse a heteronormative one.
Reflected by a process that embraces chance, error and vulnerability, Wellmann’s work asks the viewer to reconsider art historical precedents, and uncovers the expansive potentiality in the confined spaces of both the bed, and of painting.
Image credit: Ambera Wellmann, Yurning, 2019, oil on linen, 152 x 140 cm, unique, signed and dated on verso. Photo: Gunter Lepkowski. Courtesy: the artist; Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin.