Assunta Abdel Azim Mohamed or Assunta A.A.M. is an Austrian artist whose drawing-based practice examines the human existence in regards to the absurdity of the everyday. By incorporating various references from popular culture and combining them with personal experiences, she creates surreal, yet powerful monochrome compositions aimed to reflect on different psychological states. Through these striking scenes, Assunta A.A.M. explores pain, death, Memento Mori, and Vanitas ironically and challenges the perception of the beholder again and again.
Featured image: Assunta A.A.M. – We all wanna party when the funeral ends, 2015 (detail). Ballpoint pen on paper. 39 2/5 × 55 1/10 in. 100 × 140 cm. Photo courtesy Galerie Ernst Hilger.