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Meet the Artist

A Few Questions for Maria Lynch, Brazilian Sculptor of Elevated Child's Play and Transience

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A Few Questions for Maria Lynch, Brazilian Sculptor of Elevated Child's Play and Transience
The sculptor Maria Lynch. (Photo courtesy of the artist)

NAME: Maria Lynch
AGE: 34
HOMETOWN: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
BASE OF OPERATIONS: New York, Los Angeles, and Rio de Janeiro-Brazil
MEDIUM OF CHOICE: I work with different mediums, from painting to videos, performance, installation, and music.
WHY I MAKE ART: To be part of an atemporal dialogue, to transform my world and make others share their worlds with mine, to show a way we can subvert established systems of logic and the discourse of rationality. Art chose me, in so many ways.

 

Maria Lynch portrait 2

 

WHAT I'M WORKING ON NOW:

This is one of the paintings for my upcoming solo show in June at Wilding Cran galery in Los Angeles:

Maria Lynch painting for Wilding Cran

I’m working on another show now that opens on April 2nd in São Paulo, at Blau Projects. I will have the oportunity to show works in various media, some paintings, and a new installation—part of a series I named "Rooms Of Experience." The idea started in 2012 when I made an installation called Ocupação Macia (Soft Ocuppation), a room filled with small fabric sculptures that are a mix of child’s play and fantasy, like a huge assemblage of deconstructed memories. I felt that I made a step foward from painting—I wanted people to be literally "touched" by their senses. I started to develop other rooms, wondering how I could make people think through their bodily experiences without pre-conceived ideas.

This is my goal now: taking someone who is set in their own way of thinking, and showing them that they are able to access this other dimension of the self. The body is the one who actually thinks—rationality comes after. 

 

ONE ARTWORK I CAN'T GET OUT OF MY HEAD

Pierre Huyghe Human MaskA still from Pierre Huyghe's Human Mask (2014) 

Pierre Huyghe's film Human Mask, which I saw at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. His films are brilliant in the way he distills some of the concepts that run throughout his whole body of work.

Also Alejandro Jodorowsky’s film Holy Blood. It's like a compilation of imagery. I identify a similar fragmentation in my work.

Alejandro Jodorowsky Holy BloodA still from Alejandro Jodorowsky's film Holy Blood (1990)

 

PERSONAL PANTHEON OF ARTISTS

Paula Rego, Rogério Sganzerla, Lucian Freud, James Turrell, Hélio Oiticica, Isa Genzken, Skip Spence, Lygia Clark—there are too many!

 

INSIDE MY STUDIO

Maria Lynch Studio 1

Maria Lynch Studio 2

Maria Lynch Studio 3

 

STUDIO ITEM I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT

Tobacco.

tobacco

 

 

STRANGEST REACTION TO MY WORK

I had someone crying and crying inside the installation I mentioned before. It was a moment of catharsis.

 

WHAT I'M READING

So many books, I can't finish—I love to read ten books at a time. Difference and Repetition by Gilles Deleuze is a book I read a few times. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs. Empty Space by Peter Brook. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. And Theatre of Cruelty by Antonin Artaud—he is my hero.

 

MY PROCESS

My work is about creating a stage on which reveries on perception and transience may occur. It's an aggregate of reality and fiction, with non-linear narratives, glimpses of impossible situations, and characters molded into our unconscious. It's a playground of the psyche, with fragmentary thoughts and amorphous entities cohabiting in a space where all is curved, round, and tactile. 

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