We are excited to announce Emily Ludwig Shaffer's solo exhibition titled An Island Refrain, in our gallery in Mykonos.
“Statues”, Shaffer observes, “are the remnants of cultures that embody so much of how a society sees its people”. The exhibition continues the artist's signature motif of archi-sculptural forms presented in surrealistic arrangements redolent with an air of de Chirico-esque spatial metaphysics updated from a perspective of a contemporary sensuality of space that is distinctly feminine.
At that, An Island Refrain’s pieces consider the rounded shapes and spare luxuriance of traditional Cycladic architecture that serves as the show’s setting, and the manner in which its cubic forms epitomize volume unadulterated by ornament. “Particularly in the large painting with two figures”, the artist writes, “I wanted the figures to echo the circuitous feeling of spaces, cities, and towns that grew organically over time as opposed to within a predetermined grid – such as how one might find themselves going one direction only to find themselves back to where they started”.