It was the painter and filmmaker Maria Lassnig who pioneered the theory of ‘body awareness’. In her paintings – as well as in her films – the human figures depicted – many of them self-portraits – often appear incomplete, sometimes in unnatural poses, a perfect mirror of the society of the time, constantly observed and criticised. And it is precisely her critique of materialism, as well as a marked feminism, the common thread of all her works.
Due to the extreme care with which it was realised, Couples, by Austrian painter Maria Lassnig, looks like a very mature work, where animation, painting, photography and live action cinema come together to create a short but significant film, merging into one another in perfect harmony.
In just five minutes, Maria Lassnig has managed to represent her complete poetics in her Selfportrait, making a short film that rightfully ranks as one of her most intimate, personal and representative works, with an interesting and essential stop-motion animation.
While Baroque Statues – Austrian painter Maria Lassnig’s first short film – was already a particularly good work, Iris, her next film, made in 1971, ranks as a natural completion of her previous work, as well as the perfect summa of the artist’s poetry.