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WHAT I SAW BY INGRID STEVENS

In What I Saw, Stevens combines decoration, which fascinates her for its meanings and histories, with various other themes, such as ordinary household objects which can be everyday yet strange, mysterious, even magical. Objects are complex signifiers, or 'texts'. Some 'texts' are intimate, personal and domestic, like a teacup or bowl. Others make references to history and different cultures, like mosaics, paintings or fabrics. Some are amusing or whimsical, such as the snow globes that she loved as a child. Landscapes also carry messages, and she is interested in history as narrated through these.

Here she considers snatches of what she observed during a long stay in Paris and Morocco recently. Bits of what caught her attention, now altered, juxtaposed or combined through the filter of memory, are used to attempt to create a kind of magic or mood through recollection while using a play of colours. According to her all artworks ultimately are images of the interior of the artist and of the human condition: alive/dead; alone/in community; active/passive; satisfied/greedy, happy/sad and so forth.

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