Edition 1 of 1
Paint on repurposed bus panel
73.5 x 66cm
Hungarian painter Mónika Kárándi creates blurry spaces where the body is simultaneously human and non-human. It is part of the earth and above it. Her fungal figures play with one another and the dirt below them as if the extravagant image of man were suddenly stripped to its roots. Kárándi’s imagined post-anthropocene displays the romantic scenes hidden in mundane moments; often pictured are leafy coves of tangled bodies devoid of the man-made. The oil paintings are humbly beautiful depictions of what ‘life’ could be in another time, on another planet, or of another interpretation of the word itself.
Earlier works of hers depict collage like environments, subjectively and texturally selected, reduced to disparate elements that both push and pull the audience in. Her balancing act of geometric and natural forms has faded over time, with the natural winning out. This fits her artistic ethos of filling the canvas’s void with the voices of ancestral life over that of rigid structure.