Since the 1980s, references to Nature and the animal world have been a specificity of Gloria Friedmann's work. The artist uses stuffed animals or bones, as well as domestic animals (caged canaries or rabbits) and farm animals (oxen, cows, horses) in her installations that resemble "living paintings". In her "still lifes" or vanitas, Friedmann draws attention to ecological issues such as our endangered eco-system and the fragility of living things. A sense of foreboding emanates from these installations in which animal "remains" appear to be imprisoned in manmade environments. At the crossover of metaphysical thought and futuristic visions, Friedmann draws on the symbolic meaning of the elements she stages to create dichotomies (between nature and culture, biology and technology, the Living and the Dead) that question the evolution of humanity, with its inherent doubts and deviations.
Gloria Friedmann was born in Kronach, Allemagne and lives and works in Aignay-le-duc, France.
Gloria Friedmann's work was exhibited in many solo shows : at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (1980 & 1995), at Kunststation in Cologne (2003) or even at the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul de Vence (2013). She also featured in collective exhibitions, especially at Documenta 8 in Kassel (1987), at MUMOK in Vienna (2000), Musée du Louvre in Paris (2007), at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2009), or at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2013).
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