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Mari Sunna: Paintings
In her most recent paintings, Sunna has taken the internal contradictions of the painting to the extreme: the factual flatness and the mirage of space
In her most recent paintings, Sunna has taken the internal contradictions of the painting to the extreme: the factual flatness and the mirage of space, the static nature of the painting and the illusion of explosive speed. These paintings, just like all other works by Sunna, form a coherent whole that is organised in its own terms.
The works evoke a sense of utter strangeness, and yet they seem bewilderingly familiar. It is easy to see traces of Sunna’s longstanding interest in the boundary between figurative and abstract art in the paintings. The reality portrayed in these works fluctuates somewhere between the magic of Tarot cards, shared reality, and spiritualised hallucinations. They evoke a sense of perplexity and joy in the viewer.
As an artist, Mari Sunna (b. 1972) invariably manages to evoke a sense of familiarity while remaining enigmatic at the same time. All her works are instantly recognisable: it is apparent whose mind, thoughts, and brushstrokes have created them. Sunna’s sensitivity, vigour, and confidence that borders on sleepwalking are qualities that are impossible to miss.
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