12 / 2021 - 01 / 2022
Anton Bortis präsentiert Mirjam Blanka Inauen, Anton Bortis, Zurich
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
04 / 2022
April, April! - The Abundance of Possibilities, Lullin + Ferrari, Zurich
11 / 2021
Sites of Resistance, an NFT exhibition curated by Yumna Al-Arashi for VSCO, Online
08 / 2021
Interim, Zitrone Manegg, Zurich
03 / 2021
Studio K3 Art Cabinet, Kunstmuseum Olten
08 / 2020
Stillscape, Studio K3, Zurich
06 / 2020
Paperwork, Zitrone Manegg, Zurich
02 / 2020
Art Blanche, Zurich Main Station, Zurich
Credit Suisse Collection
Whats Next Studio ZHdK and City Of Zurich
Scholarship of the AVINA Foundation for the cooperation with a Moroccan carpet cooperative in connection with my bachelor diploma at the Zurich University of the Arts
Collaboration with Gebana AG for their Crowdfunding Campaign ‘Walls Against Walls’
2019 – 2021
Master Fine Arts, Zurich University of the Arts
2014 – 2019
Bachelor Fine Arts, Zurich University of the Arts
2017 – 2018
Exchange with Prof. Monica Bonvicini, Berlin University of the Arts
At night and during the day, from birth to death, our bodies are surrounded by fabrics. Wrapped in them, they keep us warm and protect us. This unique, physical relationship leads us to associate fabric with closeness, intimacy and emotionality. When we see fabric,we want to touch it and experience how it feels on our skin, we want to establish a physical relationship with it.
My artistic questions revolve around how I can create this closeness and intimacy in painting.Through the materials, the colours, and the patterned compositions, I create a textile feel on the surface of the painting, while being inspired by processes such as dyeing and weaving.
While weaving is rhythmical, dyeing flows. In my painting, I am always looking for this tension between structure and fluidity. Music is a teacher when it comes to exploring the relationship
between repetition and flow, structure and atmosphere, presence and transcendence. It is through rhythmic repetition that music creates a surrounding that allows us to transcend ourselves while at the same time feeling absolutely present in our bodies.
It is this feeling of presence/transcendence that I want to create as an artist. So I place straight lines and simple forms on a grid, repeat, mirror, rotate and superimpose them so to create patterns — rhythms. The fluidity of the paint and the indefiniteness of colour are snapped in a formation, only to flow once more with the material of their supporting paper or fabric.
Mirjam Blanka Inauen is an artist and musician living and working in Zurich. She studied Sociology, Anthropology and Gender Studies in Colombia, Switzerland and Mexico before turning entirely to art and music. As a musician, she has written numerous songs, released several albums and toured Europe with her band. Her visual work is characterized by rhythmic patterns, bright colors and textile surfaces that create a sense of presence, closeness and intimacy. By combining craft and artistic processes, she challenges still existing boundaries between art, craft and design. For her textile works, she collaborates with a Moroccan cooperative whose work she discovered while traveling.
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