Today we share with you the work of Sali Muller in an exclusive interview made to the artist. Get to know better her inspiration and creative mind on the answer to our questions.
How and why did you get into the art Industry? Where did you study, etc?
I graduated in Visual Arts at the University Marc Bloch of Strasbourg in France, obtaining my Master’s Degree in 2006. Until 2009 I followed History of art courses in Germany. After my studies I returned to Luxembourg and started being an independent artist. In 2010 I rented an old mechanic’s garage on the outskirts of Luxembourg City and transformed it into a co-working & exhibition space for artists, operating since 2013 under the name of 21Artstreet.
I am a sensitive analyst of habits of vision and perception, I am focusing on concepts such as selfishness and, ultimately, finiteness and I am working primarily, within the medium of the installation, on the impossibility of depicting a person.
With my Concept Art, I am investigating the role of the individual in relation to himself and his environment. Not least of all, I am addressing the issue of how human beings alienate themselves from nature and from their own self-image. My repertoire includes photography, objects, light- and sound installations.
My work stimulates reflection and, quite significantly, consists of mirrors which for the most part do not reflect images and have been treated in various ways. The mirror-works belong to an aspect of my oeuvre in which I am focusing on the subjectivity of perception. I am taking the mirror as the point of departure for a narrative of anti-reflection.
With my dysfunctional mirror works, I am directing our attention to the possibility of getting to the bottom of our visual culture. I am doing this by treating the contemporary obsession with the transparency of all private processes with scepticism and irony.
What do you love about being an artist?
My creative mind is always thinking how to turn my imaginative ideas into reality. So, as an artist, I try to make connections between those seemingly unrelated facts and to find solutions to perceive the world in my ways.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
From everyday life.
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What are some of your most popular works? Tell us a bit about some of your works and what you love about them. What’s your favorite and why?
I would say my mirror works.
I like to place the viewers in front of reflecting surfaces that have fallen out of their usual frames, have been nearly completely wrapped in black foil or where parts of the mirrors have been removed leaving them to gaze into a reflection that is paradoxically missing. Works like The missing part, Blackout or Verschiebung der Wirklichtkeit are taking up those themes of fragmentation and the impossibility of reflection.
In I see you looking back at me the mirrors are turned with their polished surface towards each other, thus leaving viewers to take a peek at the edges of their reflections. When standing at the edge of these installations, one can see the reflection of the other viewer standing opposite, but not one’s own reflection.
The scratched surface of The imperceptible self adds a new layer to the multiple significations of looking into a mirror. The self is not outlined any longer in relation to a clear object of reflection, but instead to a volatile shape that raises questions about the viewer’s own self-perception.
I tend to obscure the view onto the objects, something which causes the viewer to turn his attention back onto himself and to examine how he perceives the works through the applied or removed layer. Standing opposite the works, he can no longer see himself clearly even though he can perceive himself diffusely. So if he doesn’t have a polished mirror image of himself available, then he is thrown back to what remains, what lies behind: in other words, to the question as to which substance he can possibly find in himself, or which instability he must endure in the dissolution of his self-image.
Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about?
I am currently having a show at the IKOB Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgium. Among my upcoming projects, I am preparing a solo show for a gallery in Germany and I have recently been nominated for the Luxembourg Art Prize, so I am quite busy at the moment.
The world behind the mirror tells me that the past is necessarily relativized in the act of remembering, that the perspective onto the past becomes increasingly diffuse and disparate the more layers accumulate in the memory. I have to face up to the latent self-image with which my art confronts me and begin to see it as a given condition in my existence.
What are your art dreams/goals?
To keep doing what I do for the rest of my life.
Describe yourself in three words.
Ambitious, thoughtful, hard-working.
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