The Artist is Present

2018 performance, kunstluft, st. antönien, switzerland

The artist is present was created during an artist residency in Grisons, Switzerland. At the finissage, Großkopf positioned herself in a particularly lively spot on the art trail to fill in the fields of the painting-after-numbers painting „Peaceful Mountain Landscape“. The performance is a reaction to the romanticization of art and artists through the residency program. Großkopf was not only irritated by the affirmative approach of art – which seemed to be at the service of the local tourist promotion – she was also surprised by the glorification and mystification of artists. In the painting and in the performance, the (re-)production of the romanticized view of the Alps and its painters reaches its cheesy climax, unmasking it as an unreachable longing for idyll..