Mireya Samper | Los Angeles, California
Vide et Plein
Gulla Jonsdottir Atelier, 633 N La Peer Dr. West Hollywood CA 90059
October 26th – December 8th, 2018
Gulla Jonsdottir Atelier is proud to present Mireya Samper’s VIDE ET PLEIN. , Inspired by the philosopher Francois Cheng, it will be Icelandic-born Samper’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.
In this body of work, Samper endeavors to connect the macro and the microcosmos while contemplating life’s water and light, their various embodiments and their influence on the entirety of life and nature. The exhibition contains sculptures, paper works and installation, all reflecting on emptiness in relationship to light and water. In addition there is a video work of an installation made of bronze and aluminum sculptures, video and also featuring music composed by the Japanese musician Tomoo Nagaii.
My subject matter is poetic images of circle of life. Internal and external cosmos. There water and light, both metaphors for infinity and repetition, coalesce. I contemplate life’s water and light, their various embodiments, and their influence on the entirety of life and nature.
Water is dear to me, both as solid form and as a fluid. As a metaphor I use the ephemeral form of the drop in suspension in various ways: it is carved in stone, it appears as a floating form. I shape it, paint it, or induce it from other materials.
Thus the drop has a dual significance it symbolizes both feelings, with dual meaning of circularity, source of water and its pluvial. The water drops relate to both time and eternity.
Furthermore, I use light, reflection of light, or allusions to it as a symbol of our inner self, of something higher, of peace, eternity and universal value. A technique that I have developed, allows me to use light in a unique way, to make the paper works translucent. They are often in layers, and in that sense become three dimensional objects, resulting in deeper perception.
Eternity unfolds the universe. I hope to encourage people with my work to reflect and connect with their inner selves, as well as connect to the “external worlds” and the cosmos.
About the artist
Mireya Samper (b. 1964) graduated with DNSEP (Diplome National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique) from Ecole d’Art de Luminy, Marseille 1993 after she studied at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts. As a creator of installations her work supersedes the identity as sculptor or painter, working parallel in two and three dimensions for museums or in-situ. With ease she creates poetical, minimal works that are either ephemeral or carved in stone. Pulling together prima matera into concepts of time and space her oeuvres create connections between the natural elements of water, light, wind, stone and consciousness.