Like ships made of reeds
Solo Exhibition Paula Linke Baby Shower City
‘Young women with fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers’ -half a bottle hangs over a wooden rack covered with mother-of-pearl; much like the sword of Damocles. The artist, Paula Linke, plays with her work titles, often contradicting her artistic aesthetics characterised by an airy tenderness in shades of rose, white and grey. In 1405 Christine de Pizan published ‘Le livre de la Cité des Dames’, once considered to be Europe’s first feminist oeuvre. Now, in 2022, the U.S.A has abolished the right to abortions and the world doesn’t look so rosy after all. We find ourselves in ‘Baby Shower City’ -the central piece. “We are building a city; you hand me water, I give you sand.” (translated from the original 'Wir bauen eine Stadt, Ich geb dir Wasser, Du gibst mir Sand’, Palais Schaumburg, 1981) Paula Linke (1987, Berlin) lives and works in Hamburg. She received her MA in 2016 in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art in London and will commence an artist residency at Cité Internationale des Arts Paris in Autumn 2022. Her most recent Solo exhibitions include ‘Der Cheerleader Effekt’, Galerie Wassermühle Trittau, Germany 2020 and ‘You Smell Nice’ Nomadenoase 4 im 8. Salon, Hamburg, Germany 2019. Her works have been exhibited at the Camden Arts Center and ASC Gallery in London and Midway Contemporary Art in Minneapolis, USA amongst others.