Twee Whistler (b. 1995) lives and hangs with her friends in Milan (IT). She has a degree in Painting at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, where she’s currently studying net-art.
Her work examines fan art’s economic/ontological position in relation to original productions and explores the thin line separating fandom from celebrities.
Obsessed with Jon Rafman since an early age, she crossed the blurred line between fiction and reality by incorporating the Canadian artist in her The Sims 3 machinimas. Slowly overcoming her insecurities, in 2018 she debuted online on Art Contemporary Club with the exhibition I only hope to fall asleep before I fall apart and was included in CHAIN LETTER, a collective exhibition at Hutt Collective, Nottingham.
Intrigued by Paul Barsch & Tilman Hornig’s sculpture Mr flüte, Twee Whistler decided to appropriate their work in order to insert it a bigger narration. Much like Pepe the frog’s story (the cartoonish frog adopted by the alt-right to support Trump election in 2016), Twee means to play with this character, whose control is not in the hands of his original creators anymore, once a pic of him has been posted on the internet.
By keeping the same signifier as the original work Twee Whistler intends to slowly translate its signified, therefore challenging that narration -spread by traditional art historians- which consider an idea “exclusive” to a so-called genius, ignoring the influences he’s been subjected to.
Oh, and it is also a way to engage with other artists and feel less lonely.