German-born post-modern painter and sculptor Elvira Bach has been exploring the subject of femininity since her art career began in the early 1970s. Though she is primarily known for her paintings, the artist began working with glass early in her career and has maintained her love for the medium throughout her life. Bach’s glass works and many of her paintings seem to depict similar-looking women, but it wasn’t until fairly recently that Bach revealed she considers most of them at least partly self portraits.
Both her paintings and her glass works exhibit an exuberant use of color and energy. Her female figures – both self portraits and other subjects – all seem to have a remarkable joy and confidence about them. Bach gives her women accessories and props intended to accentuate their femininity. Her career represents her lifelong attempt to capture a universal woman. I like to think there isn’t such a thing, but I can’t fault the results of Bach’s search.
You can see more of Elvira Bach’s wonderful work on the Berengo Studio website.
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