Upon being questioned about the connection between sexuality and aggression in her work, Katja Seib tellingly replied “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”. ‘The Slutmachine’ is a provocative painting that is explicit and yet enigmatic at the same time. Like a riddle, it almost demands to be decoded.
The atypical slot-machine depicted by Seib seems to offer a plethora of carnal delights for the winner: pole-dancing blondes, exotic charms and six-packed man. The tattooed character trying his luck at the game, and who presumably just lost, is shedding a silent tear. The arm with which he is playing the ‘slut-machine’ is gently caressed, or perhaps guided, by a delicate feather, held by a feminine manicured hand.
Katja Seib often paints scenarios that look familiar at first. She does so in order to establish a connection between the work and the viewer. However, she always introduces mysterious and unsettling elements to her compositions, that complicate the potential narrative of the work. This way, the enigma remains unsolved and the painting offers itself up for interpretation.