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big new canvases

Posted by Anna Belleforte on May 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Buildings are capable of transforming your mood. Just think of coming into a church from the street or stepping into an intimate courtyard. It’s the kind of transition I want people to experience in my art (wow, that’s a big statement!). Well, it’s a factor in my choosing a new size: 150x100cm. Of course I’ve also had to consider getting them back from this Budapest residency to Holland. But still, it’s a size you can almost step into, or somehow feel the scale of what’s represented while also feeling a connection to the tactile aspect of such a space. It’s a new challenge, so big.

I see these spaces as modern cathedrals, for a society that increasingly does without religion. You can enter them and find calmness and cool air and feel enveloped and small. They are spaces of potential and transition, they relativize the urban environment. In a sense the formalization of such a function is already happening: some of these spaces have been converted into mini-parks, playgrounds or bars. Or even when they’ve turned into private dumping grounds, they serve this secularist purpose of needing an ‘overflow’ space and nurturing the attachment to things some people just can’t permanently get rid of. 

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