index: atlas shivers, part III





Strainers vs Filters

by Irma Belice



as a symptom of a “too” high testosterone level in women, pictures of female hyenas that exceed the males in weight and size due to hormonal conditions, or the juxtaposition of a panda with a bearded woman. Its confrontation of images contains an aggressive element, since possible associations seem to be practically forced on the viewers by consciously limiting the options for reception, the artist exposes the way normative mechanisms function. On another sheet there are instructions for folding it which change the poster into a fictitious measuring instrument. The coloration of the resulting object reminds one of a body, with its interior and exterior. Wolbring demonstrates how objectivity can be suggested by a process of abstraction and in the posters she questions the construction sometimes supported by hormonal preparations of only two possible biological and, consequently, social genders.

[...] Abstraction, as a means for presenting complex





Bernadette Wolbring’s artistic practice begins with the searching process: the artist uses existing pictures, so that her own production is always preceded by their reception. The results from such Google-image searches as “norms”, “testosterone” or simply “cute animals“ are the starting-point for the analysis of binary systems, analogous or antonymous relationships of objects and the generation of both biological and social norms.

In her publication Square Pegs, Round Holes (2016–2018) Wolbring addresses the occasionally constructed dualities sometimes caused by the chosen medium of reproduction: the posters collected here are risographs using only red and blue as colors. Each sheet is unique due to the variations in color values. As cultural codings of socially constructed gender norms, the two colors are combined with the contents of the posters: whether they are schematic medical representations of increased body hair (hirsutism)