Susanne Themlitz

She was born in Lisbon in 1968. She lives and works in Cologne (DE) and Lisbon (PT).

Her work is published in several books and catalogues, as is part of public and private collections, such as: Banco Espírito Santo (PT), Caixa Geral de Depósitos / Culturgest (PT), Câmara Municipal de Lisboa (PT), Câmara Municipal de Ponte de Sôr (PT), Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (PT), Fundação Carmona e Costa (PT), Fundação Fernando María Centenera (ES), Fundação Fronteira & Alorna (PT), Fundação Ilídio Pinho (PT), Fundação PLMJ (PT), Hospital S. Francisco de Xavier (PT), Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas (PT), Museu de Arte Contemporânea MACE (PT), Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Funchal (PT), Museu de Arte Moderna de Santander (ES), Museu de Serralves (PT) and Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporaneo MEIAC (ES).

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The opuntia ficus-indica cactus, such as the snail, already has quite a history. Were used in paintings, engravings, movies. And for years they are part of several Susanne Themlitz works. For the edition of 125 copies celebrating 125 years of the Fábrica Bordallo Pinheiro, the artist presents us with a cactus fragment with a snail in faience. This support for food (cheese, cold meat... and, why not? for snails) on a table results in a still life [natureza morta in Portuguese]. Something that seems to have been frozen or stopped in time, thanks to its matter. So perhaps the English term still life (= stop life, still life) better suits this idea.