Swallow, Mirka Laura Severa

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Swallow, Mirka Laura Severa

Childhood memories recreated with beauty and mystique...

Childhood memories can be some of the most powerful we have, and that’s a deep well from which to draw for Mirka Laura Severa, a German artist whose family has roots in the Czech Republic and Spain. She has reached into her mental scrapbook and pulled out a series of set pieces that represent emotions and moods rather than accurately recreate visual scenes.

Which is just as well, since one of the images sees Severa seemingly drowning with a huge palm frond, and another of her body that’s been lying in the sand so long it might well be dead. But it’s not all dark and disturbing, there are also some fun images among the 45 which make up the series Swallow, which features both self-portraits, installations and observations. The whole project was informed by a quote from Murakami on the transition of reality into the seemingly imaginary by short interludes of time. Certainly something to chew on…

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