Christina Forrer

'Feet of the Devil'

"Feet of the Devil" brings together an exemplary selection of recent works by Swiss-born, Los Angeles-based artist Christina Forrer. Through an array of deftly woven textiles and sumptuous works on paper, this first solo museum exhibition by the artist provides viewers with the chance to consider Forrer's singular handling of figuration, significantly through the process of warp and weft.

Christina Forrer textile for SCAD Museum of Art exhibition
Christina Forrer, "In the Forest," detail, wool, cotton and linen, 2014. Collection of Dean Valentine, Beverly Hills. Image courtesy of the artist, photo by Joshua White.

With a passion for magical realist style, Forrer depicts scenes of mythological horror that are slyly imbued with the banality of modern life. Naïve figures are rendered in outlandish colorations. Abutted by monstrous spirits, the responses of these impish creatures vacillate between saccharine smiles and grimacing sneers. 

This exhibition takes the form of a dream-like narrative, serving to emphasize the artist's uncanny ability as a visual raconteur. At the beginning of this story, we begin with Forrer's monumental tapestry "Woman (with eyes open)." The object stands in stark contrast with the other kaleidoscopic works on view, instead revealing a supine female figure who emerges through subtle shadings of ecru. The woman's body is severed by the division of the work into four separate panels, adding to the violence of the scene. Her expression is one of vacant horror — she is caught it a fugue state, a living nightmare.

From here, the viewer descends the elongated gallery space to witness episodes from the woman's reveries. These scenes include a vision of a girl whose mouth has been replaced with the tortuous body of a serpent in "Untitled with Snake." Another standout work, "Feet of the Devil," tells the story of three wicked children playing jump rope, set against variegated washes of colored thread. The delirious scene is bookended by a disgruntled crone and mirthful acid-green ogre. The women's heads float across the edges of the horizontal plane, lying in wait for their moment of attack. In depicting her horror-laden narratives through the obdurate medium of tapestry, the tension of weaving to act as an allegory for the suppressed fury that simmers beneath the surface of human propriety. 

About the artist

Forrer lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Selected solo exhibitions include "Christina Forrer," Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, New York; "Christina Forrer," Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, Illinois, and "Grappling Hold," Swiss Institute, New York. Group exhibitions include "Dirty Protest: Selection from the Hammer Contemporary Collection," Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; "Midtown," Lever House, New York; "Unorthodox," The Jewish Museum, New York and "Can't Reach Me There," Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant.

Credits

"Feet of the Devil" is curated by Ariella Wolens, assistant curator of SCAD exhibitions.

Museum Admission

The exhibition is free for museum members and SCAD students, faculty and staff with a valid SCAD Card. Open to the public with the cost of museum admission.

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