Relm - The Great Escape
‘The Great Escape’ is the debut book from Canadian artist, Relm.
Uninhibited, romantic, sexy, and perplexing, Relm, places us in a dream-like and sometimes nightmarish world, where there are no limits. Central to Relm’s work is the power to subvert, or create context, through pencil and painting, inviting us to think beyond the naked body.
Inspired by her Balkan/Bosnian background, as well as several years in Germany, and travels through Europe, as a young teen, Relm’s work also draws from her passion for surrealism and art history, inspired by artists such as Vigee Le Brun and Jean Honore Fragonard. Fantasy is explored in Relm’s work; as a genre, fantasy tends to circle mortality, desire, and power, often used in religious and historical painting, from a male gaze.
With the book’s title ‘The Great Escape’, the artist takes us on a journey. Throughout the book, in several of Relm’s paintings, the female subjects appear doll-like, sometimes depicted as monsters, or eaten by insects. In other, more ethereal works, the female subjects revel in their ability to achieve their own big ‘O’, lesbian romances and love-making are celebrated and the female body is supreme; the women in these works are unafraid of their sexual power. Relm invites us to question traditional power structures in this dichotomy of works.
Appropriation is a reoccurring practice in Relm’s body of work - the artist re-paints classical oil paintings of female nudes, by male artists, inviting us to look at them through a different lens.
Relms work has been exhibited internationally, at galleries from, Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles to Arch Enemy Arts, New York. Her work has been written about in publications including Mutual Art to Whitewall. ‘The Great Escape’ is the artist's first book, published by Baron.
24 x 29 cm
Pre-order - shipping Nov 2023