Kinska: My Opera House – NOW Gallery

4 July – 22 September 2019 @Now Gallery

If you happen to be in Greenwich and the surrounding area, especially near the spectacular three-dimensional garden The Tide, then you can also check out NOW Gallery and Kinska.  The Argentinian artist considers herself a “narrator of 3D stories” who likes to invent imaginary characters and turn them into pieces of ceramics. She says – it is to make the surrounding space more interesting. Kinska studied to become a designer until her passion and curiosity for ceramics pushed her into self-teaching.

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This is the artist’s first personal exhibition where you will see displayed around a hundred handmade works. The artist was commissioned by NOW Gallery to present her fairytale oeuvre though an installation placed at the entrance of the building – a predominantly ceramic home that converts into a passage directly into the artist’s head.  The surgical operation that she had to endure in 2018, the replacement of a ceramic hip, and all the intimate experiences of her life are unfolded throughout our journey into the house, where through the smallest details we become aware of her thoughts and feelings.

During hospitalization, Kiska used her sketchbook to illustrate the theme of healing, courage and play through the imagination process; the sketches and the path itself have become a means of alternative creative expression and catharsis.  Everything is a bit weird, like the highlight of the exhibition which are ceramic legs popping out of the ground.  Huge ceramic drops are suspended from the sky, in a bizarre contrast to the miniatures in the house, as if it’s all grotesque. It seems clear that Kinska engages with personal journeys, living her emotions through intimate experiences that she reworks for her fairy tales; the Opera House recreates the cradle of her sensitivity, where love and pain and the rainbow of the emotional spectrum are shown through a multitude of mini ceramics, miniatures of characters that populate the house of wonderland.  The exhibition is pleasant and leaves the viewer free and able to interact with the installation; a dozen sketchbooks hanging on the walls of the ceramic house are full of blank pages ready to be filled by anyone who wants to participate in Kinska’s dream.

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