Cajsa Von Zeipel

Cajsa Von Zeipel (b. 1983, Gothenburg) is a Swedish sculptor based in New York. Her work is concerned with themes of identity, gender, queerness and normativity, while also interrogating ideals of classicism through sculpture. Borrowing from sci-fi and fantasy aesthetics, she constructs her figures in brightly coloured silicone and adorns them with dollar store accouterment turned glistening treasure. The silicone – a material that is common in implants, sex toys, and kitchen equipment – brings her sculptures to life. Beneath the silicone there are parts of mannequins, objects that are typically used to construct desire in capitalist spaces. Sawing off limbs and reconnecting disparate pieces, Von Zeipel destroys their normative bodies; rather than statically holding clothes, these reconfigured forms take on uncanny movements. Limbs shake, fingers bend, skin wrinkles, and mouths fall in a manner that mimics our own physicality.In a resolute assertion of femme visibility and sex-positive provocation, these beings celebrate a world of their own creation.

Von Zeipel studied at Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm (2005-2010) and Städelschule, Frankfurt (2008-2009). 

Solo exhibitions include ‘Alternative Milk’, Andréhn-Schiptjenko Paris, Paris (2022); ‘Cajsa von Zeipel’, Rubell Museum, Miami (2022); ‘A Theory of Feline Aesthetics’, Cherish, Geneva (2021); ‘Nine Lives’, Company Gallery, New York (2020); ‘Futuristic Lesbian’, Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm (2019); ‘The Gossips’, Arcadia Missa London (2019); ‘Alpha State’, Company Gallery, New York (2017); ‘Insulting the Archive’, Arcadia Missa, London (2017); ‘Saturn Return’, Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm (2016); ‘Zoo Collective’, Millesgården, Stockholm (2016); ‘Pony Tails: To Live Play Move and Clash as She Will', Capricious 88, New York (2014); Västerås Konstmuseum, Västerås (2013); Växjö Konsthall, Växjö (2013); Eskilstuna Konstmuseum, Eskilstuna (2013); Stena A Olssons Kulturstipendium (2012); Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg (2012); ‘Lento Violento’, Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm (2012); ‘Bedsit Land’, Smallworld Projects, Stockholm (2011); ‘Messy Minors’, Galleri Mejan, Stockholm (2009).

Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen (2023); Leslie Lohman Museum, New York (2023); Champ Lacombe, Biarritz (2023); MUDAM, Luxembourg (2023); CF Hill, Stockholm (2023); FRAC Corsica, Corsica (2022); Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Tenerife (2022); ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishøj (2022); Perez Projects, Berlin (2021); 7th Athens Biennale, Athens (2021); Eskilstuna Konstmuseum, Eskilstuna (2021); Company Gallery, New York (2021); KVLeipzig, Leipzig (2021); Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf (2021); Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen (2021); Kristinehamns Konstmuseum, Kristinehamn (2019); V.O Curations, London (2019); Karma International, Los Angeles (2019); CF Hill, Stockholm (2019); Company Gallery, New York (2019); LAR Art, Mexico City (2019); Galerie Éric Hussenot, Paris (2017); KLEMM’S, Berlin (2017); Sven Harrys Kunstmuseum, Stockholm (2016); Artipelag, Stockholm (2016); Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York (2015); Scandinavian Institute, New York (2015); M/L Artspace, Venice (2015); Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Berlin (2014).

Von Zeipel’s work is held in numerous public and private collections including the Onassis Foundation, Rubell Foundation, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Faurschou Collection, 21C Museum, Moderna Museet, Tank Shanghai, Foundation Mallorca, Borås Museum of Arts, Eskilstuna Museum of Art, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gävleborg County Museum and Västerås Museum of Art.

A monograph of Von Zeipel’s work, ‘Pro Anatomy’, was published by Capricious Publishing, New York (2015). 

Cajsa Von Zeipel is represented by Company Gallery and Andréhn-Schiptjenko.

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