is an idea that architecture is an abstract representation of the
human body. But what if the building is unbalanced, the proportions
are distorted; there is no symmetry or functioning? Do the foundations
collapse or does the building gain another sort of elegance?
As we always judge everything by analogy to our own bodies, in our
eyes, a space transforms immediately into a creature. Shapes that
we cannot entirely comprehend become unrecognisable bodies; we are
unable to understand them entirely. This difficulty in understanding
creates a curious uneasiness.
Paintings of spaces create an image of an architecture that not
only, hasn't got real depth, but is also playing upon the ambiguities
between absolute flatness and infinite depth. The bodies in these
imaginary spaces become shadows, ghosts that are flat but also exist
everywhere. The space seems to encircle them and finally digest
them. Painted images of spaces can have visual and sensational powers
depending on the illusion they create and the depiction of light
or rather the contrast between absolute light and absolute
darkness. The lines are not absolutely defined, in order to
allow unlimited space and the elusive magic of light.
This also adds to the bodys melting into the space, its replacement
by the surroundings. The vagueness in favour of unlimited space
and illusion of light provides a space for dreaming. The images
become psychological spaces, they are not representations but indications
that exist between the real and the fictional. The intersection
of these two, positions the viewer into places of wonder.
Emi Avora 2003