Pamela Rosenkranz

Biography of Pamela Rosenkranz

The conceptually driven work of Pamela Rosenkranz both eliminates traces of the body yet also highlights its absence in what she calls a "human-indifferent universe." Attempting to escape the vocabulary of the corporeal, Rosenkranz is continually drawn back into its visuality, and it is this tension that makes her art so compelling. The artist’s series of branded plastic water bottles, for instance, are filled with skin-colored silicon, playing on ad slogans such as FIJI's; "Untouched by Man. Until you drink it." In Rosenkranz' world, emergency foil blankets, usually designed to wrap people in to cool down or heat up the body, are stretched like canvases and hung on the walls, and Yves Klein's body painting technique is ironically reversed. Her installations and sculptures are both elusive and incisive, sensitive to the paradoxes of marketing and consumerism, and the myths surrounding purity.


Born in 1979 in Switzerland, Rosenkranz has participated in numerous biennials, including the 5th Berlin Biennale, Manifesta, and the 2015 Venice Biennale where she had the honor of representing Switzerland. She has exhibited at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, the Kunsthalle Wien, and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, amongst many others. Her work can also be found in numerous public collections such as Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, and the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. 

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