90 x 90 cm | 35 x 35 in
Original painting in mixed media on linen.
Original painting in oil, ink and acrylic on canvas.
"This is a piece from my body of work 'der Tod und das Mädchen/Death and the Maiden' which draws on the historical link between the young woman and mortality, and explores the interconnected nature of death, creation and a search for meaning. During a photo shoot with her and her mother, the picture taking process became a game in which she gave me her cheesiest smiles every time I turned the camera on her. This picture was one I managed to take in the 'in between' moments, when her guard was let down and another side of her character came to light. Her expression has so much power, and seems almost eerily knowing for such a little girl. It completely captivated me and came together in this painting."
Fontaine-Wolf is an artist of great technical ability, tact and an instinct so sure and refined that her work can afford to be as much about what she leaves out as what she gives existence to in the final work. A fine balance between the extremes of the photo-realistic and the expressionist; polished fullness and the flatness of a blank canvas, the resulting paintings retain the rawness of a work that seems to have been born in front of you. This dialectic between the tamed and the wild finds its thematic echo in the notion of femininity and the expectations of beauty that Wolf presents and evaluates.