* folding cosmos | Mireya Samper
* folding cosmos, a group exhibition at the Maison Louis Carré, Paris, open 6th of April – 19 May. Icelandic artist, Mireya Samper, is one of the collaborating artist.
* folding cosmos is based on the story of the ‘One-Mat-Room’, a small meditation and study room created by the Japanese explorer Takeshiro Matsuura at the end of the 19th century. Project designer and director Miwako Kurashima creates a contemporary version of this minimal space within the Maison Louis Carré, combined with a Japanese tea set, inviting artists to create site specific or adapted works for this particular context. Alvar Aalto was much inspired by Japanese culture at the start of his career and this can be observed throughout the Maison Louis Carré. The small cosmos room relates naturally to the spaces of the villa, with the strong bond between design details and architecture, inside space and nature, minimal entity and the universe. As a metaphor for the ‘folding’ and ‘traveling’ cosmos, the AKARI PL2 lighting by Isamu Noguchi is displayed close to the * folding cosmos set made for the Maison Louis Carré.
Born in Iceland in 1964, Mireya Samper is an international artist. She studied art in Iceland and France and has lived and worked around the world. Delicacy and transparency characterize her two and three dimensional works, often at the crossroads of painting and sculpture. Samper has sought inspiration in Japanese traditions, particularly when it comes to her choice of materials and the installation of her work.
To add the sense of Nordic blue colour and connect with the spirit of the Japanese Northern explorer Takeshiro Matsuura’s drawings on Japanese traditional paper and the world of * folding cosmos, Samper has created site-specific works on Japanese paper painted with blue pigments and silver leaf, inspired by Alvar Aalto’s blue tiles. Her works, including Void, 2019, will be displayed mainly in the villa’s dining room.