Kleiner Bobby (Detail)
Beton, 116 x 43 x 23 cm, Ed. 4
In Christina Doll's work, full figure sculptures take centre stage. Anna Kott creates paintings of women. The exhibition DOLL | KOTT arranges an encounter of two autonomous positions.
Born in 1972 in Cologne and 1975 in Ruda Slaska / Poland, both painters focus on human existence, the idea of men and women in their social environment, as well as their cultural, religious and sexual contexts in different ways.
Both Berlin-based artists work with restrained colours, in the sense of a consciously reduced repertoire. While the colour of Christina Doll's work is given by the porcelain and concrete used, Anna Kott restricts herself to two cold colours: grey and a strong contrasting red.
Christina Doll's work can be classified as a part of the long tradition of Berliner statuary since neo-classicism, in which full figure statues, mainly life-size and in honour of the pictured person, were installed in public places. During the romantic era, porcelain and plaster miniatures of these portraits were created for domestic usage.
While the sculptors of the 18th and 19th century concentrated on human countenance, Doll focuses on the every day life of her surroundings. Simple clothing and accessories, possibly a backpack, pieces of furniture belonging to each porcelain figure, such as a dresser, a table or a chair, fortify this view.
In contrast, the background and subject of Anna Kott is dedicated exclusively to 'the female' and the apparent public image the gender has. In her middle-format paintings, she assigns the role of the message carrier to female nudes, seemingly totalitarian - militant female portraits and others, who bring glossy magazines to mind. Like Christina Doll, Anna Kott uses her friends, but unlike Doll, Kott consciously stages her photographic templates.
Poses of repression encounter portraits of dominant women, who are seemingly taken out of a military context or reminiscent of Newton's 'cold heroines'. There again Kott's illustration of women show many emotional impulses, they are 'biased' in the best sense and convey an idea of ambivalent feelings. The artist creates a cosmos of images, which can most probably only develop with the constitutive Catholicism of Poland in mind.
Subduing female nudes are followed by portraits which are distinguished by strong views. Often the works contrast each other richly. Nonetheless, their subject matter is the same: the woman's role.
While Christina Doll has participated in relevant exhibitions and has had solo exhibitions, such as 'Die Kunstkammer im Georg-Kolbe-Museum, No. 3 - Christina Doll' in Kolbemuseum in Berlin 2009, Anna Kott's paintings are being shown for the first time.