Summertime is coming and I can feel it like lightning on the surface of my skin. I can smell it like barbecue smoke wafting down quiet evening streets and it sounds like that last gasp before a firework stops throwing off magic. Summer is coming.
The work of French artist Maia Flore is inspired by what she perceives as the boundaries between reality and unreality. One way to challenge the mundane everyday is to reveal surprises within it, says Flore. Her subjects are young women being levitated by objects. Flore wishes to emphasize the attraction the girls feel towards their new, boundless surrounding, and the lightness of the reality they are entering into. Their contorted movements is meant to articulate a contrast between physical limitation and the limitlessness of imagination.
“Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.”