Boeing 747: There are three luggage compartments between the two aisles, a hollow body from both sides. Plastic panels and flaps were removed, a part of the body was cut off to straighten existing curves and to abstract the form. Subsequently, the openings were covered with fabric to create an association with speakers. Some technical remnants such as cables and light fixtures were deliberately not removed to reinforce this association.
That’s the picture that came to my mind when I encountered Angela Mewes’ metallic LUFTMATRATZEN.
The artist imagines these perforated structures as they float in the ocean right after a volcanic eruption. Mewes, who works with canvas, text, photography and film, returns again and again to sculptural forms, using either found materials, or fabricating them in her studio in the German countryside. A daydreamer, a poet, and an artist revealing the secret life of everyday objects, with LUFTMATRATZEN she speaks about lost hopes as much as the preservation of lives and stories in the wet, deep sea.
Helena Papadopoulos, Athens