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20/01/2023 - 28/02/2023

Contemporary - Painting


Erna Mist - Inward Facing Windows

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

“A painting can be a door leading backwards, a window facing inwards, a mirror reflecting your innermost fears and desires. By bending the rules of nature without forsaking the gravity of reality, a painting can overcome the boundaries of dream and actuality; fantasy and memory; nightmare and normality. In other words, paintings are x-rays of experience.” - Erna Mist

Inward Facing Windows presents seven new paintings by Erna Mist, in which she brings into play one of her most recurrent themes: the maze. For her first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom, she has reworked a familiar subject with a renewed versatility to her style.

Always inspired by Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, especially its darker Nordic and psychological current, Mist opens a window into the inner states of her mind. Like windows, these paintings are limit and threshold, demarcating an entrance into her inscapes. Familiar scenarios are rendered in an uncanny and unsettling way, embedding a feeling of hallucination and delusion, and what at first might seem like a dreamlike view can easily become nightmarish.


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