Inspiring People, 2018
Oil paint on MDF
30 × 30 cm
Unique painting, in a series of 10
Sarah Margnetti painted a series of small panels in oil paint, each with a yellow nose on an imitation wooden base. These small paintings bring together both Margnetti’s signature fragmentation of the human body as well as an optical illusion of matriality.
In her trompe l’oeil painting of the wood, Margnetti plays with the knots in wood that look like eyes. These are each time paired with one nose, painted in a distinct yellow – refering to the generic skin colour of the original yellow emoticon. The noses Margnetti painted belong to a people she finds inspirational, and belong to famous artists such as John Baldessari, Judy Chicago or Kiki Kogelnik – with whom she had an amazing exhibition at Salts, Basel – but also writer-poet Kathy Acker and several close artist-friends of Sarah Margnetti.