NADA Curated: Reduction to Satire (Reductio ad Satura)

Image of artwork titled "Arctic Indictment" by Ellen De Meijer

Ellen De Meijer, Arctic Indictment, 2018
Oil on canvas
59 × 39 × 1 inches

Ellen de Meijer is on a mission to confront the stereotypes using satire as her weapon and medium of choice. She dissects the society–exposing uncomfortable truths that are routinely glossed over. Life is often viewed through the prism of peer pressure to achieve, and through social media as a means of validation. De Meijer’s characters seem to live at the pinnacle of this imaginary, perfect world, yet their aloof melancholic appearances show the emptiness and unhappiness of their existence.“Kitsch is the lipstick of society. You, me–we are all part of this circus. All of us have agreed to keep up with our harmful and fake appearances”, notes De Meijer. She surrounds her protagonists with absurd power status signifier objects to enhance the irony and sarcasm of the works.



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