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Amy Sillman

Fatso

  • Year2009
  • MaterialOil on canvas
  • Dimensions91 x 84 cm
  • Year of acquisition2015
  • Inventory numberUAB 921
  • On viewBasement floor

More about the artwork

Amy Sillman’s paintings result from a confrontation with the body. According to the artist, painting is “not limited to perception via the retina, it is a total body experience.” Her large-scale compositions emerge layer by layer in a process of form-finding and dissolution. “Fatso” is a fitting example of this. A cartoon-like voluminous body looms at the center of the painting: a fat lump, as the title explains. But everything seems to be in motion. The body refuses to find a fixed form; it extends into increasingly thick rolls. These, in turn, are framed by shapes reminiscent of a backrest, or fingers. The fact that this one-eyed “Fatso” looks so miserable can be understood as both a humorous and gloomy illustration of artistic self-doubt. Above all, however, it conveys, in a wholly physical manner, a sense of uneasiness with one’s own body.

Further collection artworks

Arthur Jafa Monster II, 2017 UAB /
Arthur Jafa Monster II, 2017
David LaChapelle Recollections in America, VII: Love is, 2006 UAB 634 7 I 13
David LaChapelle Recollections in America, VII: Love is, 2006
Thomas Eggerer Menthol, 2017 UAB 1083
Thomas Eggerer Menthol, 2017
Cy Twombly Lepanto III, 2001 UAB 471
Cy Twombly Lepanto III, 2001
Günther Brus Keine ausdrückliche Wut… nur Zorn, in der Sänfte getragen, 1982 UAB 45
Günter Brus Keine ausdrückliche Wut… nur Zorn, in der Sänfte getragen, 1982
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008 UAB 644
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008