within this vast zone of the impalpable

Alisa Gallery presents Sofya Skidan’s solo exhibition based on the artist’s new digital collages that combine fragments of landscape and sculpture snapshots taken by Skidan with paintings mapping her imaginary worlds. The exhibition also features new sculptures, an amalgam of nature found objects and man-made materials that gives rise to a new flexible language expressing a not-quite-human perception of reality.

The project features the works produced as the outcome of several years’ research. Snapshots, scents and sculptures are linked by a lyrical thread made up of snippets of imaginary and/or real memories, ‘which stick together but become tangible’.

 

Sofya Skidan says, ‘These works see natural spaces and sculptures blend into photographs and morph back. I put these fragments together from droplets of billowing allure, continuity of space and attempts to lift the layer of vulnerability from the structure of memory. There is no homogeneity to my works, historical and individual memories mutate, causing natural landscapes, mystical phenomena, body parts, textures, casts and sculptures to juxtapose onto imaginary meta worlds. They may have never come into existence or are already transforming into the landscape of the closest magical, mystical and/or hypothetical future.’

Sofya Skidan’s works invite the viewer to reflect on the memory of bodies that are not necessarily living, on their density and fatigue in new temporal registers, in which the present is controlled from the future, and, therefore, turns out to be the past that is beyond our touch.

within this vast zone of the impalpable

within this vast zone of the impalpable

Alisa gallery, Moscow
2021