Jess von der Ahe

b. 1966, American

"Untitled (aka "Sweets of Sin")," 1999

Blood, gold leaf and epoxy resin on panel
Signed, titled, dated, all verso: von der Ahe; signed [indistinct] and dated again, and inscribed "NYC," all on the gallery label affixed verso
14" H x 11" W

  • Provenance: Jay Grimm, New York, NY
  • Notes: New York-based artist Jess von der Ahe has made her name in the art world by using an unorthodox (and what some consider to be taboo) medium for her paintings: her menstrual blood, combined with gold leaf and covered with resin, which ensures that the blood does not decay or crack.

    While von der Ahe's use of this medium may be nontraditional, her working method is a form of personal expression that is intensely autobiographical. The compositions of her blood paintings often resemble a cell-like structure, resulting in a style that highlights the connection between menstrual blood and the essential elements of life. Von der Ahe's blood paintings also seek to make the discussion of reproductive health less taboo. While conceptually intense, von der Ahe's abstract paintings offer a captivating juxtaposition between the "wasteful" nature of the menses and the coveted and finite element of gold.
  • Condition: Generally very good condition. A few scattered, slight, surface scratches or scuffs, the largest approximately 2" long, visible only in raking light. Unframed.

    Overall: 14" H x 11" W x 1" D

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