Pipilotti Rist

Pipilotti Rist is a (full disclosure: one of my favorite) video artist born in Grabs, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland in 1962. She currently lives and works in Zurich and Los Angeles. Prominent themes of exploration throughout her oeuvre include sexuality, gender, the body, and feminism. A work that contains all of these elements is also the piece that first gained her major recognition, Pickelporno (Pimple porno) from 1992.

One of my favorite aspects of her art is that just when you think Rist’s work is all bright, colorful, and pretty when checking it out on the web, you will suddenlty be confronted with stranger and occasionally eerie or unsettling images of some of her other pieces and vice versa.

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