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The space between art forms

Gallery K in Nicosia will host the solo exhibition of works by London-based artist Miranda Pissarides as of Friday at 6pm.

The exhibition will feature a selection of paintings, taxidermy and sculptures. The pieces on display will illustrate Pissarides’ use of a wide range of materials in order to render dynamic impressions of mass and surface. Her work explodes in colour and is bold in its ability to bring certain allegories to the surface. The artist’s canvases are, in essence, three-dimensional structures which push boundaries and dismantle the constraints of traditional norms associated with the medium, in order to explore the space between painting and sculpture – an idea she constantly finds intriguing. As this is the case, her sculptural forms evolve from her paintings.

She loads her canvases with excess materials so that they can hardly stand, leading her to disregard the formal properties of painting and move towards a three-dimensional surface. She informs her exploration of the space between painting and sculpture with Julia Kristeva’s theories on the ‘abject’ as the ‘in-between’, a space of ambiguity and no distinction.

Handling raw materials gives the artist a sense of control and tactility. Using raw pigments, she makes her own paint so that she can achieve a specific colour palette. The result creates an instinctual sensation which is a reflection of her fascination with the internal ambiguity of the human body and mind.

Pissarides’ fascination with polarities is evident in texture and composition. Her work is tactile, and yet it is placed in a gallery setting where it cannot be touched. The surface looks wet, and yet it is dry. Hard becomes soft, and soft becomes hard in these works. Her exploration of the relationship between desire and repulsion is further informed by Jean-Paul Sartre’s philosophical theory on the unpleasant yet alluring elements of slime – which is, in effect, the concept of resistance versus temptation.

Speaking about her creations, Pissarides said: “My work aims to create an all-encompassing experience for the viewer rather than a simple visual subjective one. I want to bring together fragments of people, life, emotion, and matter, which result in a kind of explosion: a black hole of wonder, desire, lust and rot.”

Pissarides graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art after completing a Foundation Diploma in Fine Art at St. Martins, London. Her first solo show, titled In Transit, was held at Weissraum Gallery, Kyoto, Japan in 2015. During the same year she received the ArtSlant Showcase Winner Award. Her work has been included in selected exhibitions in London, New York, Brazil, Spain and Jerusalem.

This is her first solo exhibition in Cyprus and it will be inaugurated by Androulla Vassiliou, former EU Commissioner for Education and Culture.

Solo Exhibition
Solo paintings, taxidermy, and sculptures exhibition by Miranda Pissarides. Opens October 21 at 6pm until November 21. Gallery K, 4 Evrou Street, Strovolos, Nicosia. Monday-Friday: 10am-1pm and 4pm-8pm. Saturday: 10am-1pm. Tel: 22-341122/23

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