ParisBjarne Melgaard: Elisabeth and Me
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris presents the exhibition “Elisabeth and Me” with new paintings by Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard inspired by the life and work of Elizabeth Wurtzel (1967-2020), the author of Prozac Nation.
Independent, radical and non-consensual, Bjarne Melgaard is known for his provocative approach to art dealing with social, political and ideological issues. His new paintings are reflecting the psychological and social consequences of the current pandemic such as depression and isolation. They are displayed on specially designed wallpapers referencing Elizabeth Wurtzel’s life and writings for a site-specific installation. Polymorphously prolific, Melgaard works across the arts in painting, sculpture, installation, fashion, literature, curating, video and virtual reality. He frequently incorporates a wide range of multimedia components and integrates a variety of collaborations.
Melgaard’s new series was initiated by his experience of today’s society: “My new body of work came from the fact of being in lockdown and rereading Elizabeth Wurtzels books Prozac Nation published in 1994 where she chronicles her battle with depression and More, now, again: A Memoir of Addiction from 2004 that centres primarily on her struggle with addiction and isolation. No other writers have had such an impact on me as her. For this exhibition in Paris she is again at the epicentre as my fellow-mate in my own paintings. Forever the protagonist of unapologetic behaviour and creative genius, her voice resonates more with me now than ever before. In these troubled times Elizabeth seems like the best of companions when lockdowns and isolation is such a new part of our common experience.”
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