Sofie Bird Møller, Untitled, 2011, collage on steel engraving, 10 1/2 x 8".

Sofie Bird Møller


Sofie Bird Møller, Untitled, 2011, collage on steel engraving, 10 1/2 x 8".

There are artists you go on referring to as painters even when they produce works without a lick of paint. One such artist is Sofie Bird Møller, who has now created an installation composed of thirty-three collages, each Untitled (all works 2011). No paint to be found anywhere here, but there are but plenty of allusions to paintings. The collages are based on reproductions of paintings by Raphael, Giorgione, Dürer, and others in a nineteenth-century catalogue of the collection of the Alte Pinakothek in Munich. Taking these black-and-white engravings as her raw materials, the artist added color by pasting on clippings from glossy fashion magazines of half-dressed figures or isolated body parts. The effect of these modifications differs in each piece, sometimes extending or revising a movement in the engraving, sometimes serving as a counterpoint or embellishment. The faces in the

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