Postgraduate Art Auction 2018

Schembart 2018 Mixed Media, 40 x 30 cm Postgraduate Art Auction, Lethaby Gallery

Schembart translates as ‘maskbeard’. The Schembart Carnival is an old German tradition featuring costumed men with bearded masks, who mocked the persons of power in their communities. This female Schembart is a double subversive, playing with the tradition, the myth of the beard and framing herself in a pond, invoking ancient ideas of natural power and Mother Earth.