Abigail O’Brien indulges our sweetest fantasies with this elegant body of work. Running like a glamorous ‘photo shoot’, each portrait uses a different color and pose to suggest the different personalities of the exquisite Bella. The petti coated fading Belle poised on her stilettoed pedestals, this ’Glamour Puss’ is at once complex and playful. With each new pose Bella appears sensuous and voluptuous, delicate and imperfect.
The Bella Series (2006/07) consists of fourteen pieces, each 130 x 90 cm / 52 x 36 inches. Seven works are in the exhibition at Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer. Each photo is a Lambdachrome Print in an edition of 1 unique (+ 1 artist proof), mounted on dibond and framed under museum glass with coloured wood (148 x 108 cm / 59 x 43 inches).
With Bella, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer is presenting its fifth solo exhibition of works by Abigail O’Brien.
Abigail O’Brien (*1957) lives and works in Dublin. Her major piece of work to date, the extensive cycle The Seven Sacraments (1995–2004) consists of six individual works, each again of several parts, mixing media such as sculpture, photography and video. It was first exhibited in its entirety in 2004 in Germany, at the Haus der Kunst, Munich. It achieves a critical and complex questioning of the function and meaning of the Christian sacraments; and of the rituals of everyday life that run their course in mute seclusion.
The artists work is in many international private and public collections including IMMA The Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the Caldic Collection in Rotterdam and the Volpinum Collection in Vienna.