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View of “Marie Lund,” 2015.

Marie Lund

Badischer Kunstverein

View of “Marie Lund,” 2015.

Marie Lund’s exhibition “Flush” brought to mind a remark by Mark Rothko: “I don’t express myself in my paintings. I express my not-self.” Whom do we actually see in an artwork, if anyone at all? In Lund’s case, there seem to be some traces of the artist in her sculptures, such as those in her “Hand Full” series, 2014–, which are bronze casts of the interiors of her jeans pockets. But even though the source of these forms implies a physical proximity to the artist, they reveal nothing about her identity, only the spaces available in her pockets. The sculptural quality of the material and the patina that shimmers with a rainbow of colors feed the suggestion that we are looking at some aged imprint containing information about a life.

“Loads,” 2014, is a series of concrete casts of the space inside a backpack, taken while someone was wearing it. Here, seven of these works were playfully

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