Collage on paper
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Depicted amid a restrained palette of soft greys and gold, “The Exquisite Corpse II”, stands as a figure of cool detachment. Composed entirely of wooden beams, our headless diva quietly implodes.
Cadavres exquis drawings were typically characterized by strange hybridity and metamorphosis. “Because of their primary function as proposed delineations of personalities’, wrote André Breton, “the cadavres ‘tend[ed] inevitably to raise anthropomorphism to its highest pitch and accentuate vividly the continuing relationship uniting the exterior world with the interior world”.