Tamara Muller’s work is full of contradictions. Fantastically worked out details and rough sketches stand side by side. The artist sticks her own face on each character, but it is not a self-portrait. There are rosy, soft faces looking at you and hard, alienating scenes. She herself says about her work: “I paint ‘the game of life’, the humor and the pain, the moving imperfections of human beings.”
Muller puts intriguing scenes on the canvas based on personal experiences. Human relations play the leading role in this. Themes such as lust, shame, power, family relationships, gender and identity are introduced. Because she uses her own face on each figure, we can look at the proportions with some distance. Often only a few attributes can be seen in addition to the characters, as in a theater piece. Muller therefore calls her work a ‘paste-and-cut’ theatre.
Both English and Dutch in the same book.
In collaboration with Drents Museum.
With approx. 70 full color images.