[Block G] Les Habitants des Rêves, an exhibition by Kenia Almaraz Murillo. From September 15th to September 20th, 2023.
Kenia Almaraz Murillo invites us to meet "The Inhabitants of Dreams." Within these eight sculptures made of threads and light, we encounter hybrid animals and celestial bodies that inhabit dreamlike landscapes. This series synthesizes various inquiries by the artist regarding the diversity of her mediums. The installations of stretched threads on wooden structures resonate with the art of weaving. LED light, which plays a distinct role in her compositions, creates a halo in which colorful inks vibrate. "The Inhabitants of Dreams" thus merge all of the artist's practices: weaving with alpaca threads, painting with flat colors, as well as drawing and screen printing. The artist embarks on a sort of return to the source, a holistic reflection on her artistic language.
These eight suspended monoliths are part of a new cycle centered around the theme of dreams. In these luminous miniatures, Kenia Almaraz Murillo translates her dream journals, the transient and spiritual states that occupy her present. She conveys a range of sensations and perceptions, from materials to chimeras, in a visual syntax that hovers on the border between figuration and abstraction. According to her words, screen printing is an "alchemical, slow, and meditative ritual": from mixing pigments to direct and definitive printing. Textured color fields delineate symbolic shapes found in her work, such as the sun, the moon, or fire. She composes her sculptures using a kinetic geometric language: blending rigid threads with curved lines, radical superpositions with blurred gradients. Kenia Almaraz Murillo questions the meaning of both mental and sensory images. In her work, an image is more than a representation; it becomes a space for revealing the world, a doubling of its presence.