confrontation vs conversation 2020

For the Confrontation vs Conversation group exhibition planned for October 2020 in Buenos Aires Argentina, I created two artworks that are a natural extension of the social themes and humanitarian subjects in my art.

Time seems to be suspended as the Covid-19 virus hits individuals, communities, and the entire world. Under the spell of this sudden harsh confrontation with a pandemic and its effects, I feel compelled to address this reality, putting on hold the “Femicide” subject.

As I see it, the confrontation addresses our dealing with sudden disasters like this pandemic, while the conversation relates to how mankind can leverage catastrophes for positive change.

I have created two hexagons. Although the hexagon is constructed of six equilateral triangles that give it six points, my idea is to work within the hexagon with a counter shape – a circle of outgoing and returning ripples from and to its center (see image).

In my personal signature style of a three-dimensional paper relief, I created the two hexagons complimentarily; one will be the negative space of the other in order to fit together as one homogenous piece – negative dystopia vs. positive utopia.

Black/Grey Hexagon: The Present

The inner circle, a microscopic virus, spreads out causing vicious chain reactions of devastating effects and magnitude. The six sharp corner points stand for social distancing, isolation, fear, uncertainty, grief, and anxiety caused by daily surreal realities.

White Hexagon: The Day After

The aftermath of being hit by something that is bigger than ourselves has the potential to become a positive opportunity for renewal of opinions, beliefs, perspectives, and energies that can ripple outward from individual circles to all corners of the world. We will be given the opportunity to re-envision society. The six corner points of this hexagon stand for interconnectedness, community, solidarity, opportunities, resiliency, and healing (personal, societal, and environmental).

The group exhibition Buenos Aires Argentine is postponed till further noticed 

 

Photos by: Sigal Kolton 

 

Bianca Severijns, Confrontation vs Conversation, paper art, paper artist, contemporary art, art relief, contemporary artist, 2020

Confrontation vs Conversation 2 – 2020 |  paper wall sculpture

Technique: hand-torn paper, acrylic paint, konjac glue

Dimensions: H51 x W45 x D6.5cm 

Confrontation vs Conversation 1  – 2020  |  paper wall sculpture

Technique: hand-torn paper, acrylic paint, konjac glue

Dimensions: H51 x W45 x D6.5cm

All images and text are copyright by Bianca Severijns 2020

Bianca Severijns, Confrontation vs Conversation, paper art, paper artist, contemporary art, art relief, contemporary artist, 2020
Bianca Severijns, Confrontation vs Conversation, paper art, paper artist, contemporary art, art relief, contemporary artist, 2020