Rosemarie Trockel
Rosemarie Trockel: Untitled, 1993; Pencil on paper (B.B./B.B. series 3);  © (Rosemarie Trockel) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2003; Photo: Bernhard Schaub
Rosemarie Trockel: Untitled, 1993
Pencil on paper (B.B./B.B. series 3)
© (Rosemarie Trockel) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2003
Photo: Bernhard Schaub

In 1993, Rosemarie Trockel refers to the term "idol" twice in its literal sense in her "Portrait" series B.B./B.B. The drawings convey the impression as if, while translating the graphic identity of the double initials of Brigitte Bardot and Bertolt Brecht into an image, she had discovered that, to produce resemblance in the iconographic medium, is to engender diversity, i.e., a series of differences. In the medium of drawing, the equation of the two idols yields a multiplicity of possible "identities". As with infinite cell division, identifying features, such as pouting lips, the dark rim of spectacles, long and short hair, integrate to form an increasing variety of similarities which, however, never merge completely because their outlines are never quite in register. ...

Gudrun Inboden, see ifa-english text book, p. 26