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Femmy Otten at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

In 2016, nai010 publishers presented the book Femmy Otten Slow Down Love. The publication offers an intimate glimpse into the artisanal and laborious working process of this extraordinary artist. On the 28th of January this year, a new solo exhibition of Femmy Otten started at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. The book, that offers a great overview of some of her finest pieces, is still available in our webshop and at the museum. 


Femmy Otten’s (1981) oeuvre is eclectic: she draws and paints, makes sculptures and murals and also features in her own performances. Her work explores themes such as physicality and the way emotions and memories physically fuse with us and are passed on. At the heart of it all, Otten draws attention to the – often female – body that simply is and is allowed to be. In her solo exhibition We Once Were One, the artist fervently argues for vulnerability and intimacy in these entrenched and capricious times.

About the artist

Femmy Otten (Amsterdam, 1981) lives and works in The Hague. She studied at the HISK Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium, and was resident artist at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and Atelier Holsboer at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. In 2013, Otten received the Volkskrant Visual Arts Prize. In 2014, she was one of three artists selected by the Dutch government to create an official portrait of King Willem-Alexander.

About the book

In the publication, the American art historian John C. Welchman reflects on Otten's art based on some specific works, such as De Wagenmenner van Delphi and the Madonna del Parto by Pierro della Francesca. Laurie Cluitmans, who was associated with the Fons Welters gallery when the book was published, takes two studio visits as the starting point for her reflection. Statues of women and mythological creatures, made of plaster or wood, rise from a stark white wall. Drawings in serene lines, watery color samples, mythological creatures and pastel painted motifs and frescoes complete the mythical world in which Otten creates her poetic logic.