Mila Lanfermeijer | Artist in Residence
Mila Lanfermeijer, 2018
October / November
from Amsterdam, Netherlands
During her residency at SEA Foundation, the Amsterdam-based artist Mila Lanfermeijer develops new works for her solo-exhibition Ever so Humble, Ever so Proud, in which she explores the possibilities of the garment as a sculptural medium and canvas. Mila Lanfermeijer’s inspiration for this project was derived from her visit to the folklore museum Calico in Ahmedabad:
“In 2016 I visited the Calico Museum in Ahmedabad, a folklore museum with an extensive textile collection. Impressed with the incredible pieces that the museum houses I was surprised by the way that the works were displayed and preserved. Each piece in the museum is wrapped in plastic, works are shown packaged, sometimes layered on top of each other or stacked in such a way that one can flip through the works. It reminded me of the way wedding dresses hang on the racks in bridal boutiques, in thick plastic zip bags.
Wrapping the beautifully crafted textiles in this cheap plastic seemed to be a decision based on funds over aesthetics, but I have been thinking about these wrapped pieces ever since. I was particularly interested in the way that garments were presented in the space. Mounted on hardboard, garments were stripped of their bodily reference and reduced to flat geometric shapes that would hang in front of other painted fabrics.”
The differences and similarities in the use of composition, both in the field of abstract painting as well as the more traditional field of textile and pattern making, therefore play a central role in the resulting interdisciplinary installation. The use of overlapping surfaces, transverse lines and geometric shapes is important in both cases, but are applied with a different objective and with a different result in mind. During her residency, Mila Lanfermeijer explores these similarities and differences, creating several monumental works of interdisciplinary art.
About the artist
Mila Lanfermeijer’s oeuvre is characterized by a critical and deconstructive attitude towards the political, social and cultural concepts that are often projected on material objects, as well as the artisanal production processes in our society. In this attitude, Mila Lanfermeijer draws on the ideas and concepts of the cultural scholar Jean Baudrillard, specifically his theories about the object-subject relationship and the resulting perception of value.
With these theories incorporated into her installation, Mila Lanfermeijer tries to create a discursive space based on rituals and meanwhile, she deconstructs the binary oppositions that arise from the often hierarchical structures that are imposed on craftsmanship by the fine arts. Through deconstruction, Mila Lanfermeijer explores binary oppositions, such as thinking versus doing, fine arts versus daily-use products, and modern versus ethnographic.
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