Submission
Leonie Specht

Pick a Mood

Solo show "Pick a Mood" at Umweg by Punkt Leonie Specht (*1994) lives and works in Offenbach am Main


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Leonie Specht, left to right: Nasenfurunkel, Oma Helga, Zwei Schreie auf einmal, Digital twins, all works from 2021, oil on linen and canvas
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Leonie Specht, Digital twins, 2021, oil on canvas, 130 x 140 cm
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Front: Attachment, 2021, ongoing project, all works on paper
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Front: Attachment, 2021, ongoing project, all works on paper
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Front: Doppelkopf, 2021, oil on canvas, 100 x 120 cm Back: Leonie Specht, Joschua, Kinderschminke I, Pudel, 2021, oil on linen
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Left: Der Zurückgetretene, 2021, watercolor on paper, 70 x 100 cm, framed Right: Doppelkopf, 2021, oil on canvas, 100 x 120 cm
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Leonie Specht, left to right: Nasenfurunkel, Yoon, Ich brauche nichts zu sehen, all works from 2021, oil on linen and canvas
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Left: Yoon, 2021, oil on linen, 30 x 40 cm Right: Ich brauche nichts zu sehen, 2021, oil on linen, 50 x 70 cm
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Left: Yoon, 2021, oil on linen, 30 x 40 cm Middle: Ich brauche nichts zu sehen,, 2021, oil on linen, 50 x 70 cm Right: Kinderschminke III, 2021, oil on paper, 30 x 40 cm, framed
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Curatorial Statement

In her first solo exhibition Pick a Mood, the work of artist Leonie Specht is dedicated to the desire for a self-determined emotional world and the loss of control due to external circumstances that conflicts with this. In Specht‘s works, everyday subjects are abstracted and put to the test. Explicit criticism is not the aim – rather, it is to sensitize and subtly comment on the phenomenon of self-optimisation. In keeping with the etymological meaning of persona (individual, living being, chosen character), those depicted wear a mask – sometimes more, sometimes less obviously. Specht thereby brings the concealed emotions to the surface in her works and thus questions the meaning of the veiling in the Theatrum mundi. In ‚Attachment‘, the artist gives us an insight into the unmasked creative process. Sketches and unfinished preliminary works from her studio are presented in a box. Visitors are invited to rummage around and experience the fragile materiality of her drawings haptically, imitating the experience at a flea market. In doing so, they are given the opportunity to actively influence the lifespan of the work.

by Matteo Kramer