Femmy Otten / Mural

28 Jan 2018 - 8 Sep 2019

In 2018, Femmy Otten took the bit between her teeth and bedecked SCHUNCK’s five-storey grand staircase with her fragile drawings and wall sculptures. Her imagery and themes provide a source for much discourse and discussion. The mystical, transcendental and religious elements touch a raw nerve. 


SCHUNCK Glaspaleis

about Femmy otten

Femmy Otten (b. Amsterdam, 1981) draws, paints and creates sculptures, installations and performances. Her way of working is extremely labour-intensive and artisanal: she spends hours crafting and painting a single work. She mixes diverse perspectives and adds new dimensions. In this way, she combines painted elements with stucco reliefs and sculpted pieces of limewood directly on the wall. It is a stratification that can sometimes be disorienting. For example, when she leaves the crumbled plaster from the making of the work lying on the floor. Otten: “It's the beauty I use which makes you look at the image in the first place, but even more, it has to tell a very multi-layered story, in which it is also extremely black, […] so that you can also lose it, in which you actually feel it.”

Otten studied at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in The Hague (1999-2004), the Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten (HISK) in Ghent (2009-2010) and at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (2010-2012). Her work is on display at the Drents Museum (Assen), De Ketelfactory (Schiedam), Galerie Fons Welters (Amsterdam) and the Fries Museum (Leeuwarden).

Source: Hollandse Meesters