Sensual Sadness
Amie Dicke

November 29–December 30, 2003

Like shameless eruptions, it begins to flow, greedily, incessantly, bodily fluids.
For her first solo exhibition in the US, Dutch artist Amie Dicke will be presenting a new body of work consisting of “cut-outs” and drawings. Dicke uses photos of movie stars and fashion models that appear in posters and magazines as her source material. In a slow and laborious process, she snips away at the bodies and faces of her subjects, parasitizeing on their beauty until there is a gossamer-thin web of contours. Most of the glamour from the original advertisements is changed into a stream of lines as a result of a very demanding and almost fluid technique where the paper is delicately cut-out. The silhouette of the ideal beauty remains as a fragile, disturbing or even a bit frightening figure. From eyes, mouths and noses flow threads of desire, craving and passion – all of which she does by applying layers of ink lines and drawings.
This exhibition has been generously supported by the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam.
For more information contact:
Javier PERES, Peres Projects, 969 Chung King Road, LA, CA 90012, Tel. 213-617-1100, Fax 213-617-1141email:,