"JUNGLE" Speculative visual responses

Louise Schmid [Ireland/Switherland]

2014.09.27 - 2014.09.27

I am exploring how natural organisms adapt to an urban ecology. In Tokyo, I am developing a new body of work, titled MIMOSIS. It centers on my interests on playful strategies of concealment. The project title is a synthesis of "Mimosis", imitation of nature, and "Mimosa", a sensitive plant that instantly responds to touch and sound waves. MIMOSIS is based on the paradoxical assumption that artwork has both an intent to communicate and a wish to hide and conceal. It can be fun to be hiding but dreadful not to be found. TROJAN HORSES comes to mind, as told in the Odyssey by Homer. According to legend, the Greeks presented the citizens of Troy with a large wooden horse in which they had secretly hidden their warriors.
*images are recent works

Artist Profile:
Louise Schmid is a visual artist born in Basel and based in Glasgow. Since graduating from art college in Zurich in the 80’s, her chosen media has been work on paper. Her career began in Zurich, during a time a of cultural upheaval, with a series of inter-/national exhibitions. Her early artwork was mainly influenced by the Italian Transavantguardia and involvement as a violinist in a punk band. Visual motifs evolved, whilst working as an artist in residence in Paris, New York, Eire, Shetland and Reykjavik. Most recently, speculative experiments with sea weed and life in a small community in Shetland have all combined to produce a new body of work titled HORA BLU , focusing on sustainable development, where images create an imaginative meeting place for ecology and aesthetics. Recent artwork is inextricably bound up with an astute critique of dominant hierarchical structures and concerns on our consumption of raw material and natural resource.

Date 2014.09.27 - 2014.09.27
Time 15:00-19:00
Place Studio2
Website http://www.louiseschmid.net/