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Inka Essenhigh | the artist



The artist Inka Essenhigh
Born 1969, Belfonte, Pennsylvania, USA.
Lives and works in New York, USA, .

Style and technique of the artist: Painting, Berlin Biennial,


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Appropriating the theme of Katsushika Hokusai’s The Great Wave, Inka Essenhigh’s Blue Wave crests with sculptural solidity. Essenhigh deviates from the flat designs and enamel application of her early work. Using oil paint she infuses her scene with manufactured vivacity: this heroic depiction of nature is rendered with the aesthetics of computer animation. Like Hokusai’s woodcut print, Inka Essenhigh uses the stillness of stylised formations to contemplate the drama of a raging seascape. Flaunting their artificiality, the turquoise waves seduce with a certain menace, their razor sharp peaks extending with decorative threat…

In her paintings, New York-based artist Inka Essenhigh creates an enigmatic world in which animated action figures are cast alongside mythological characters and the demimonde in roles where human concerns such as patriotism, competitiveness and heroism are played out in landscapes that seem simultaneously ancient and futuristic…