Pamela Rosenkranz investigates the meaning of human nature in the contemporary world. Her artistic research references various fields of knowledge – from medicine, religion and philosophy, to art and marketing. These references are aimed at questioning the way we see and perceive things, and at exploring the way the elements, advertising, and culture influence our identity.
Working with a variety of media, sometimes in unusual pairings, that range from branded water bottles to Amazon Echo speakers, materials including pigments and pheromones, neuro-active microbes and parasites, colors and scents, she addresses the shifting meanings of the ‘natural’ and the ‘human’ in the Anthropocene age. Her persistence as to the ‘naturalness’ of seemingly unnatural materials evaporates the foundational distinction between ‘organic’ and ‘synthetic’.
- Installation view, Pamela Rosenkranz, 'Our Product', Pavilion of Switzerland at the 56th Venice Biennale, 2015 © Pamela Rosenkranz Courtesy the artist, Pro Helvetia, Sprüth Magers, Miguel Abreu Gallery and Karma International Photo: Marc Asekhame