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Cat Soubbotnik

A free spirit, she left a restrained background in Geneva – where her father worked for the UN – to escape first to Paris then Munich, always on the hunt for independence and new experiences. Falling in with painters, photographers and artists, she acted as a muse and model for various talents while developing her own eye, and now reflects this experience back at us, using diptychs and triptychs of subtly connected close-ups, or with short looped films. She considers her life a kind of installation, and her photographs its showpieces.

the artist with an acute eye makes the intuitive leap out of the cold

She has since become director of a Paris gallery, which operates on a principle of freedom and unconventionality. She has retained a love of fashion from her modelling days. Her favourite author is Stefan Zweig, novelist counterpart to equally eminent friends Freud and Strauss. She also admires Anaïs Nin, whose bohemian life, travelling and collaborating creatively with an artist-partner, is a template for Soubotnik’s – she worked and lived with photographer and husband Hans Gedda for ten years, with whom she has written the unpublished book “And God Created Men”.

Of her work, Maître Pierre Cornette de Saint-Cyr, an eminent auctioneer and museum director, made the comment: “Truth lies not in what you see for Cat Soubbotnik, who fires the shutter. Her truth, turned abstraction, deals with cruelty, outrage and scandal. And sometimes puts on a mask of tenderness. “

She has exhibited at the Galeries Lafayette, Nice; FEPN, Arles;  Enclosion, Paris; and The Other Art fair in London.

 

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Zantedeschia

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Tulipa Gesneriana

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Feuille

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Rosa Alba. L

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