Annie Cabigting cited in The Straits Times: Life!, Deepika Shetty, Annie Cabigting’s paintings showcase the importance of an audience in art, January 2013
Annie Cabigting’s works are tongue-in-cheek analyses of the painting genre that intelligently subvert the existing works of other artists.
In the present lot, she examines the culture of appreciating art through the lens of the gaze and semiotics of a viewer. As a painting within a painting, Kunstmuseum is a skilfully painted, photorealistic work that draws attention to the relationships between artist, subject, artwork, and spectator. Here, she focuses on the engagement between viewer and artwork by depicting a viewer shown from the back, directly facing an artwork in a museum setting.
Using an avatar to represent herself in multiple forms within the canvas, Cabigting interchanges between the role of artist/creator and viewer/critic. Her pictorial parables should not be seen as caricatures of the art world, but instead they are tributes to famous artworks. Through staged compositions that pair individuals and paintings together, the artist challenges trite concepts, such as a painting’s relationship with its viewer and its creative appropriation of materials. She highlights the difference between subject and subject matter, shedding light on the basic components of what constitutes art and viewership, from the various aspects of producing and looking at visual images throughout history.
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