Anaïde Chirinian and Gudrun Andersson in Mora


Vision Forum members Anaïde Chirinian and Gudrun Andersson show new work based on the similarity and differences in their artistic process at Mora kulturhus entitled Spiritual Gestures.

What can a body do? The question is vast and forces us to consider the nature of being and our place in the world. It is also directly connected to our understanding of time and temporality. For the artist, the body allows him/her to perfect form and expression over time. More often than not, the creator has worked vast amounts of time at developing craftsmanship and then perfecting pieces of grandeur. When we visit museums and places of worship across the globe we meet mankind’s attempts at leaving traces of individual existence for posterity.

But the opposite can also be true. There are other processes that are more direct, that function in a short bursts, like the sound and light in a thunderstorm. The tension builds up and is released in a flash of intensity. Experience and knowledge find different expressions in these processes. They are more visceral and intuitive than rational and mental. Anaïde Chirinian and Gudrun Andersson’s work function like the latter. They side-tracks their conscious selves in an attempt to allow their bodies of experience to speak a different language.

Anaïde Chirinian is treading a space between voodoo rituals and religious processions one hand and the great paintings in museums across the world on the other. It is in the multitude of images and not in the individual drawing that we can appreciate her effort to understand the world through artistic expression. Her images tread a fine line in a danger-zone by both investigating the limits of rationality and the cyclical nature of our bodies and lives.

In evolution we find similar expressions, because it is rarely in the individual plant or animal where important changes for the collective take place. Nature does not care about the concerns of single individuals. Instead it is when large populations together embark on new journeys that evolution moves forward in our biosphere. We find in nature both infinite repetition and that each event in time and space is unique and that no two moments in the universe is exactly the same.

Maybe this perspective is difficult for us humans to accept? We like to focus on individuality, because it makes us feel important and that we are at the centre of attention. That what we think and do really leaves an imprint in history. Gudrun Andersson’s deal with the trace of human activity in painting. But a the same time the paintings look like images that we have of how deep space and the universe looks like. They are in this aspect a platform for a between the longest and the shortest time spans that the human mind can understand.

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