Luzia Simons / Traces

Jardim 9 - 3/5
© Luzia Simons / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Luzia Simons

Jardim 9 - 3/5, 2014

Scannogram on Mitsumata Awagami Paper
127 × 90 cm

signed lower right: Luzia Simons; on the reverse signed, dated, inscribed and numbered
(SIMONL/W 59)

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Exhibition: Chaumont-sur-Loire Castle, Centre d'Art et Nature, France, 2016

After long study trips in her native South America in 2012 and 2014, she created scans of original plants placed on the glass plate, found in gardens created in the spirit of Roberto Burle Marx, landscape architect and painter alongside Oscar Niemeyer. For the series of paintings "Jardim", which is a reference to the Brazilian homeland, artificial gardens and the color green, the artist used Japanese Mitsumata paper, which can best transfer all the richness of green tones in pigment printing. The rich colors reflect the beauty of Brazilian nature, but also depict fictional spaces of longing. The "garden" paintings are not only encounters with childhood, but play with the allure of the strange or seemingly familiar. Luzia Simons deliberately collected the plants not in the jungle, but in the cultivated landscape space, which can also be transplanted in the truest sense of the word. The works can also be read as a homage to Marx, who was born in Sao Paulo in 1909 and of German descent, and who became acquainted with tropical flora in 1928/29 in, of all places, Berlin greenhouses. The fact that the exuberant bloom and vital vegetation is juxtaposed with the morbid side of transience is a tribute to reality and life - and at the same time a reflection on the cultural-historical notion of vanitas that shaped thinking in the age of discovery and early capitalist trade, especially in the 17th century.
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