INESSA KALABEKOVA

Let me Take You Where The Magic Happens 2018

Of childhood memories and dreams, Let Me Take You To Where The Magic Happens teases out the personal and surreal encounters of Inessa K’s younger years to juxtapose it with the current memory of one’s self. Through impressionistic renderings of hue and the probing of poetic themes surrounding imagination and unconsciousness, she subtly hints that one will always have an inner child that bridges our creative consciousness with our memory.

Through superimpositions, collage and cut-up techniques, Inessa maintains the importance of the unconscious while blurring the boundaries between then and now, real and representation, and dreams and reality. The elasticity of time and space as depicted by her manipulation of material and form also mirrors her daughter, a representation of her young self as seen in many paintings. Inspired by her own memories as well as dialogues with her 8 years old daughter, there are no lack of visual narratives that capture the lightness and energy of those memories while celebrating its fleeting impermanence.

Frames play an active role in Inessa’s work. As a mediator between the real and fantasy, actual and representation, present and past, the frame blurs the boundaries between these tangents which creates a space for contemplation into the discursive nature of one’s imagination. The intentional framing and unframing of the works question if the work is completed or still a memory in process.

Inessa is apparent in celebrating the process, a metaphor for creating memories, of artmaking through the exhibition of her scrapbooks, artmaking materials, inspiration boards and works in progress. The performative exhibition of effervescent and poetic paintings, dances and improvisational music-making hopes to ignite the inner child in you that has infinite dreams and endless joy while letting the magic of nature store its memories when they are completed.

Press Release Oct 2018

 

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