Nika Kupyrova's solo exhibition "Woman in Green" is presented by Bildrecht in cooperation with the VIENNA ART WEEK 2022
Tuesday - Friday: 13:00 - 18:00
The exhibition is on view till the 11th of January 2023
In her solo exhibition at Bildraum 07, artist Nika Kupyrova explores the character of the sculptress Henrietta Savernake from Agatha Christie’s novel “The Hollow”.
Taking inspiration from the classic ‘artist documentary film’ genre as much as from ASMR social media clips, “Woman in Green” is an exploration of mythology around the artist’s figure.
“The Hollow” (Agatha Christie, 1946) is a classic country house mystery and yet an unusual novel for its time because of its many female protagonists and psychology-driven narrative.
Imprisoned in their social roles, women of “The Hollow” are expected to behave according to convention: the dazzling Hollywood actress; the devoted wife; the aristocratic and witty lady of the house; the stubbornly independent working girl.
The key to the puzzle is in understanding that the characters’ true motivations are in contradiction to their assigned identities: at first glance a murder mystery, “The Hollow” is actually a feminist and social critique.
Within this variety of characters, the exhibition focuses on the sculptress Henrietta Savernake.
Appropriating parts of the novel that constitute Henrietta’s inner dialogue and her yearning and failure to realize her sculpture, “Woman in Green” examines an image of a woman artist as seen from the outside.
Moody, coffee-drinking, introspective Henrietta is being observed — by the novel’s author and its readers and now by the exhibition audience.
Taking inspiration from the classic ‘artist documentary’ genre as much as from ASMR social media clips, “Woman in Green” is an exploration of mythology around the artist’s figure.
Text: Kathrin Heinrich - Art Historian