‘Milk and Honey’ by Katja Seib is a sensuous work of art, entrancing the beholder with a vision of quietude, satiety and delight. The observer can let themselves be imbibed by the sense of serene stillness emanating from the man resting on the bed. The promise of milk and honey, traditionally gifts of divine origin linked to notions of fertility and sexuality, resonates in the Egyptian inspired déco.
Once more, the artist allows a privileged glance into a very intimate moment. Behind a door left alluringly ajar, one can glimpse or imagine the supple contour of a naked body, perhaps refreshing themselves in the adjacent bathroom. By suggesting activity, and thus life, beyond the beholder’s scope of vision, Seib succeeds in expanding the painting’s existence beyond the picture frame.
The viewer’s eye is guided through Seib’s gracefully balanced composition by the lines that confer the pace and rhythm to the painting. The work is divided into two parts: the lower half, where the sinuous lines of the duvet embrace the lying figure, evokes serene contentment; while the upper half, dynamically enlivened by the chequered wallpaper, like a hieroglyphic sequence leads to the partially hidden, standing character.