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Leonie Specht's work mirrors self-optimization, cuteness, and pop culture, among others, inviting the viewer to be a part of a narrow microcosm between reality and fantasy.

A subtle perversion that no longer seems suspicious is manifested in her paintings and works on paper. In her recent practice, the face and facial expressions have become a central theme—from celebrities and plastic surgery to toy dolls and the humanization of animals. Her wide research ranges from the metaphysical world to the mundane. In her work, Specht is looking for common ground where the ordinary and the uncanny merge.

Based in Berlin, she studied abroad at Seoul National University in Korea and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera Milano in Italy.

Photo: Peter Wolff

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