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Loïs Richard creates art from memories and imagination. Fleeting matters that are intangible and ever-changing. By physically giving form to these subjects, Richard attempts to hold onto them while maintaining an open character. Recently, Richard has started a series of textile works on which she prints photographs of architectural representations. She utilizes risography, a sustainable method of machine screen printing. Since her riso printer can print up to A3 size, the artist first prints a series of separate pieces of fabric and then sews them together. This process brings the fragmented and manipulated image back together as a whole. By subsequently layering multiple cutouts of fabric as windows on top of each other, overlapping frames of cloth with varying degrees of transparency are created.
The artist herself does not view these works as two-dimensional pieces, but rather as sculptures. They are three-dimensional objects that reveal openings. The images in the works often originate from sculptures, drawings, and collages of photography. With her works, Richard explores the balance between the static and dynamic, the playful and stately, and the architectural versus the natural. She plays with the boundaries of two- and three-dimensionality and sees her works and subjects as opposites that collaborate and thus lead to new insights.
Richard also places great value on an open approach to the authorship of her work. Whose work is it really? Only the artist who brings together and manipulates the materials? Or also the creator of the fabric used, the manufacturer of the risoprinter, or the spectator viewing the work? Through her sculptures, she explores the extent of authorship and how intellectual property operates over time.
Werkgebouw Het Veem
Van Diemenstraat 410
1013 CR Amsterdam
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