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Alejandra Roux, La madrastra (The Stepmother), 2010, egg tempera on chipboard, 23 5/8 x 24". From the series “Hänsel & Gretel,” 2008–11.

Alejandra Roux

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Alejandra Roux, La madrastra (The Stepmother), 2010, egg tempera on chipboard, 23 5/8 x 24". From the series “Hänsel & Gretel,” 2008–11.

The work of Alejandra Roux, an Argentine artist who has lived in Madrid for twenty years, makes clear her ongoing belief in the narrative and emotional potential of painting. Based on the story by the Brothers Grimm, her recent exhibition “Hänsel & Gretel” evoked the sexually charged fear and violence that, as Bruno Bettelheim ascertained long ago, underlie many childhood stories. Phallic and vaginal metaphors abound, and eroticism is one of the unequivocal drives in this work; it is felt in objects not usually associated with the erotic (like the stole around the neck of the lady in La madrastra [The Stepmother], 2010) and in spaces where one would least expect it, like the hole in the tree trunk in Casa de la bruja (The Witch’s House), 2009. Sometimes, for instance in La bruja (The Witch), 2009, which shows a figure whose ass is literally on fire, recalling the Duchampian

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