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Enrico David: Publicly, Privately

Enrico David, Musical Moment, 2006
Melissa Gronlund considers Enrico David’s figural work as thematising the transition of the artist’s creations from a private to a public realm. Enrico David’s work shows hosts of figures: grotesque heads made of papier-mâché, bulbous figural sculptures, collapsed dolls of paper or cloth, menacing harlequins on canvas and in gouache. They often are arranged in theatrical installations that draw on psychological fears and childhood memories or simply perform sly naughty puns – like a private joke told in the middle of a party, or a nickname used in a radio show.