Cajsa von Zeipel: Sexual Limbo
Taken in as individual pieces, Cajsa von Zeipel’s sculptures are technically striking with expressions that flawlessly render emotions ranging from disgust to ecstasy. However, studied as part of a larger whole, they begin to tell a story. In one end of the gallery, a young woman assists her ailing friend while looking across the room with her mouth agape. Following her gaze, you see a figure of a man masturbating to an orgiastic scene unfolding in the other room. One of the three women involved appears to relish his presence, which is evidence of her own desirability and fodder for a growing narcissism that is further encouraged by a mirror reflecting the scene from below. All of them are judged silently by a man sneering in disgust in the next room.
The figures in Cajsa von Zeipel’s meticulously constructed worlds are at odds. The women are nubile and full of sexual energy, but the men are unsure how to connect. They are isolated and sexually frustrated at their relegation to a world of perpetual voyeurism and looking yet never touching.