Artist Focus: Muriel Kerba

Artist Focus: Muriel Kerba

from February 10, 2021

The precision and meticulousness of Muriel Kerba's work seduced us from the very start when we met her at the gallery a few months ago. A graduate of Parisian art school Penninghen, she became a graphic designer before turning to illustration for young people. And for the past ten years, the talented designer has been engaged in personal artistic research, exploring mediums as varied as ceramics and silkscreen printing.

In her latest explorations, she discovered paper cut-outs and created a game of reflection on apertured paper, an illusion of colour in a white world that gives the impression of a relief drawing. The paper cut-outs draw the shape and create a double dimension through a play of cast shadows; ideal for translating forms of plant life on the borderline of animals, and letting their presence come alive through volume and relief. "I am mainly inspired by the botanical register, which fascinates me. This vegetal universe is an abundant source of developing cells in the form of bulbs, germs, roots or branches. Their organic structures become the main characters of abstract compositions and allow me to evoke a parallel world that escapes the naked eye: that of the infinitely small as well as the infinitely large."

The topography is created by a play of cuts and notches while the colour vibrates in small touches. Depending on the position of the spectator, the work is transformed. The light moves and reveals a work where each stroke of the blade, precise and measured, has its importance. The accumulation of successive layers of ink, paper or paint is a constant in her research. "I need to explore several directions, to turn around the pot in which all the plants in my personal canopy grow. I deliberately use the word "canopy" because light is also a key element for me and of course its corollary: colour. It is the point of contact between my work and the spectator. It catches the eye, attracts and fascinates with its vibratory waves."

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