6 - 8pm, Thursday 9th Feb


Andrea Heller - Inhabit

Tue-Fri: 10-6pm; Sat: 12-5pm

Parafin presents an exhibition by the Swiss artist Andrea Heller (b.1975, Zurich). It is Heller’s first solo show in the UK and follows on from her participation in ‘Secret of Lightness’ at Parafin in 2022.

Heller’s work might be characterised as ‘serious play’. Working in a wide range of media, including paintings and drawings on paper and fabric as well as sculptures in ceramic, plaster and glass, Heller embraces contradictory impulses. Her work evokes a series of dialectics: organic and geometric, inside and outside, ugly and beautiful, playful and threatening, hard and soft.

Heller’s new glass sculptures, entitled ‘Receptors’ (2023), embody her approach:

‘The ‘Receptors’ (2023) refer to internal processes of the (human) body which we hardly pay attention to in everyday life. They are based on considerations of sensory perception. In their form, the objects are reminiscent of sensory buds or receptor cells that have one or more openings/holes through which the outside communicates with the inside and vice versa. We explicitly expose ourselves to intensified sensory perceptions when we visit an exhibition, for example. At the moment when the ‘receptors’ are looked at, we receive inner and outer impulses, which in turn are able to trigger emotions, thoughts, memories…’


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