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Louise Giovanelli 
Billyo and Billyo II
2018 
oil on canvas 
55 x 40 cm

 

Louise Giovanelli 
Billyo 
2018 
oil on canvas 
55 x 40 cm

 

Louise Giovanelli 
Billyo II 
2018 
oil on linen 
55 x 40 cm

 

Leonor Serrano Rivas 
The Dream of the Mouth (10) 
2018 
metal and blown glass 
115 x 45 x 260 cm

 

 

 

 

 

Leonor Serrano Rivas 
The Dream of the Mouth (8) & (9) 
2018 
metal and blown glass 
115 x 45 x 260 cm

 

Leonor Serrano Rivas 
The Dream of the Mouth (8) & (9) 
2018 
metal and blown glass 
115 x 45 x 260 cm

 

Sofia Silva 
Nontiscordardimé (Forget-me-not) 
2018 
ink, graphite and spray paint on paper, aluminium frame 
50 x 65 cm

 

Sofia Silva 
Sweet Return 
2018 
ink, graphite and spray paint on paper, aluminium frame 
65 x 50 cm

 

Like a ballet The Dream Follows the Mouth brings together works by Louise Giovanelli, Leonor Serrano Rivas and Sofia Silva that repurpose classical aesthetic forms and poises. 

Entrée 

A tryptic of blown glass sculptures by Leonor Serrano Rivas are suspended fluctuate in the space. These enhanced bodies of glass with their metal bones are static but their dynamic shadows dance in the space through a programmed lighting sequence. Light brings life, and animates the bodies of the mute dancers, inhaling and swelling their bellies to define the rhythm of silence. 

Adagio 

Louise Giovanelli’s pair of paintings follow on to the scene – ambiguous images that recall renaissance sculpture or Oriental Buddhas. The artist observes and collects, appropriates and transforms. Light has its presence in these works too: the colour and its opacity give an ethereal atmosphere to the paintings, varying repetitions like a fading memory. Giovanelli leaves a track behind: painted shards reveal to us that what we are viewing has already been looked at, and filtered for us. 

Variations 

Sofia Silva’s turn now. The lines populating the surface reveal figurative subjects. The scene is still, but the recurrent motif of the stairs and the use of vertical lines give a sense of direction, a movement. There is a another mute character in the painting. With its eyes closed he listens, and dreams… 

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