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If You Were Coming in the Fall (2012) by Femmy Otten. Limewood, oil on canvas and tempera on the wall 48 x 42 x 20 cm.

 

The title of Femmy Otten’s exhibition in Playstation ‘If you were coming in the fall’, taken from a poem by Emily Dickinson, points towards an unsettling patience and the aesthetics of waiting.

In wall based constellations, solitary and sometimes estranged figures come together. In soft oil colours, she paints a strand man with a moustache wearing an oriental hat and carrying two naked curling women or nymphs on his shoulders. He doesn’t seem to be aware of their existence. Is he waiting for an arrival, a return, a desired sign?

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