Tamuna Sirbiladze

Selected works by Tamuna Sirbiladze

Tamuna Sirbiladze
The Husband Is No Wall

2007

Wood, metal, plaster, cloth and paint

243.8 x 365.7 cm

Tamuna Sirbiladze’s paintings, fast, expressionistic canvases depicting abstract shapes and naked female figures in the midst of bodily functions, convey an intimate, unavoidable physicality.

Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 1 (Four parts)

2005/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

Dimensions variable

Born in Georgia and based in Vienna, Sirbiladze could be said to be channelling some of the Viennese Actionists’ subversive spirit. She paints unromanticised images of faceless women naked, bleeding, defecating and vomiting, a kind of scrapbook of acts that are not particularly taboo now but aren’t the most obvious subjects for artists to explore in their works. There’s a raw frankness to her characters that goes beyond their crude, puerile figuration; they at once conflate the imagery of pornography and primeval ritual within scenes that hint at the diaristic and at a wide range of emotional states.

Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 1- Toga Could Not Remember

2007/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 185 cm
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 1 - Femme Infidele

2006/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 180 cm
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 1 - Druges

2005/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

150 x 190 cm
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 1 - Horse Shits On Their Roses

2006/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

240 x 180 cm
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 2 (Four parts)

2006/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

Dimensions variable

There is always something ordinary, something humorous, something melancholy and something sinister in her paintings. Map 4 – Got Too Much LA Sun shows the body of a naked woman on a beach, completely sunburnt and crimson (even her head and pubic hair), bending over an abstract shape with arched arms and legs, but still wistfully looking over to the blue waves and the sky on the horizon.

Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 2 - Untitled

2007/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

190 x 200 cm
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 2 - When His Boldness Reflected Twilight On Her Hair

2006/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 200 cm
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 2 - Drug Picnic

2006/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

180 x 160 cm
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 2 - Andro

2006/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 185 cm
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 3 (Three parts)

2006/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

Dimensions variable

Map 3 – Being Left There is a more modest depiction of a figure kissing the air to the right, but more sinisterly holding a cartoonish, hot pink bone behind her back, like a club. Map 2 and Map 3 include unflinching paintings of a woman’s buttocks during the act of defecation and penetration, across which text has been painted in bright neon colours, like graffiti.

Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 3 - Van Gogh

2006/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 140 cm
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 3 - Pickled Ass

2006/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 200 cm
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 3 - Being Left Their

2007/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 200 cm
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 4 (Five parts)

2005/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

Dimensions variable
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 4 - Suicide Painting

2007/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 200 cm
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 4 - In Sahara

2005/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 185 cm
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 4 - Kotzen

2005/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

220 x 185 cm
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 4 - Got Too Much LA Sun

2007/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 185 cm
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 4 - Adidas Still Life In The Tennis Court

2007/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 180 cm

The exact meaning of these arresting works is left open, blurred and made even more ambiguous by their often poetic titles. Sirbiladze is also the widow of artist Franz West, and the two often collaborated on projects.

Text by Lupe Nùñez-Fernández


Other Resources

artfacts.net
Additional information and images on Tamuna Sirbiladze

colletpark.com
Representing gallery, additional images, information

fortescueavenue.com
Tamuna Sirbiladze Exhibition

timevanlaere
Additional images on Tamuna Sirbiladze

bernier-eliades.gr
Additional images

evene.fr
Pour sa première exposition personnelle à Paris, à la galerie ColletPark, l'artiste géorgienne Tamuna Sirbiladze présente des installations vidéos, des tableaux de grand format et des dessins.