SATELLITE Art Fair Miami 2016
A Collaboration by Aimee Hertog and Melissa Eder
Fleur (Essence) represents the artist duo, Aimee Hertog and Melissa Eder. Conceptually, their work explores notions of kitsch, beauty and the playfulness found in the common object. Ms. Hertog explains, “The work I’m presenting encompasses mixed media constructed paintings, as well as sculpture and installation. In order to align the form and content of the work, I use the detritus of my daily life as the primary material to create it. The energetic construction of my work reflects the turmoil of my environment, evoking a gritty playfulness. Recycling utilitarian objects such as discarded clothing, Styrofoam, and shredded paper, I manipulate and transform some materials, while others are left in their raw state, such as pieces of fabric, dead flowers, and broken glass.” Ms. Eder notes, “I am a mixed-media artist who is interested in exploring notions related to female identity, popular culture and kitsch. My work is also influenced by my formative years- that of growing up in New Jersey during the 1970s. I create photo-based works. A large part of my artistic production/process is the collection and documentation of objects from 99 cents stores. I enjoy scouring these stores for interesting treasures. I photograph such things as plastic princess crowns, fake flowers, tchatchkes and junkfood. My work investigates issues that consider the natural and artificial, high art/low art and personal taste. While working with Aimee, we continue to explore our common concerns. It is of interest to me to see how (and try to understand) why we use kitsch as a primary subject matter. There is so much to gain artistically from our collaborative efforts.” Ms. Hertog and Ms. Eder have worked together as part of the Twist Collective during the Select Art Fair.
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