ARTIST:

Tamuna Sirbiladze

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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 - La 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 155 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

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