About the work | The new collection of tableaux owes its macabre spirit largely to the influences of the eccentric subjects of English symbolism, sinister figures of the renaissance, the anthropomorphic tableaux of Victorian naturalism and the Día de los Muertos style of South America. Esser’s close involvement with film and theatre instills a sense of dramatic and concise design in his approach.
A large share of his attention today extends beyond the curtain of everyday life, peering into aspects of human mortality that are not often celebrated. The turn from drawing to objects exemplifies an instinctive play with spatial relationships, composition, and an ever-evolving narrative that is revealed as one spends more time with each environment.
Much of the present work began as an effort to replace a Día de los Muertos box the artist had and lost as a child. The collection is not without wit and charm; the marriage of the macabre and whimsical has always been at the heart Esser’s dark introspective vision. The first such works made their NYC debut in January 2007 as part of the ‘The Flowers of Evil Still Bloom’ exhibition in Chelsea. Esser’s work was featured along with the likes of James Ensor, Jean-Leon Gerome, Damien Hirst, Gustav Klimt, and Thomas Couture and more. His work was also featured in the exhibition ‘Mother May I Sleep With Danger’ at Local Project Arts Collective in Long Island City. Currently Lin Esser’s work is shown at AFA in New York City.