the sunbed

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This idyllic scene is disturbed by 2 cigarette butts.

Artist: Katharina Arndt


This idyllic scene is disturbed by 2 cigarette butts. I reflect about my longing for paradise, pictured with beaches and cocktails and palmtrees. The smae as the posts on Instagram I like the most.

The focus of my artistic work (painting, drawing) is the observation of digital communication behaviour and the visualisation of aesthetics of mass consumption in the digital age.
Symbol for this is the topic 'surface' – social, cultural, material. In the hyperreal and at the same time immaterial online world, only the visual appearance dominates – of ourselves and the products we are supposed to buy.
We stroke the glossy screen of our smartphone countless times a day, the bodies are hairless, the corners round, the sunglasses mirrored. The smooth appears as a metaphor for resistance, eternal youth, as artificial, uncritical, superficial, conformist. In relation to this, the individual, his feeling, behavior.

I transfer this topic material and content wise into painting. I work on artificial media such as PVC film, lacquer paper and Plexiglas with glossy acrylic paint and lacquer markers. Fast, reduced, almost childlike, motifs and medium function as an artistic mirror of the quantity and speed of perceived scenes.
The figures in my paintings often wear sunglasses, stick to their mobile phones, have headphones on. They are socially highly active and at the same time socially isolated,
I see my work as a psychogram of a positivist consumer society that tries to escape its own mortality.

Additional information

Dimensions 3 × 90 × 130 cm

Katharina Arndt

Year Of Creation



acrylic paint on lacquer fabric