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Maya Rochat

*1985 Morges, lives and works in Lausanne http://www.mayarochat.com

  • «BURNING VOLCANO», 2019
  • From the series "LIVING IN A PAINTING". Inkjet print on silver paper
  • Edition of: 15
  • Size: 50,00 cm x 35,00 cm
  • Production: ABGRAPHICS, Ascona
  • CHF 1100.00
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  • «THE COLOR OF THE CAMELEON», 2019
  • From the series "LIVING IN A PAINTING". Inkjet print on silver paper
  • Edition of: 15
  • Size: 50,00 cm x 35,00 cm
  • Production: ABGRAPHICS, Ascona
  • CHF 1100.00
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  • «THE HEAT IS ON», 2019
  • From the series "LIVING IN A PAINTING". Inkjet print on silver paper
  • Edition of: 15
  • Size: 50,00 cm x 35,00 cm
  • Production: ABGRAPHICS, Ascona
  • CHF 1100.00
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Series

  • aus «Living in a Painting», 2019, Set
  • Edition of: 15
  • Production: ABGRAPHICS, Ascona
  • CHF 3000.00
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Maya Rochat combines photography, painting and projections into site-specific installations that invite contemplation through their multi-layered and colour-intensive visual language.

The series "LIVING IN A PAINTING" originates from the performance of the same name, in which the artist creates moving images to live music. Colourful surfaces on the floor and walls, floating screens and projections are combined to form an immersive spatial installation. The artist uses an overhead projector as a working surface on which she applies marbling paint and liquid watercolor and manipulates it with water. The constantly changing, psychedelic-looking patterns create a hypnotic effect with the play of light and shadow in the room.

Through subtle, tactful gestures, Maya Rochat makes the performance audience experience painting as a dynamic, physical act, which may remind them of an extremely sensitive form of action painting. The artist continues to explore this type of abstract painting in her studio, where she experiments with similar processes on plastic foils and plays with the physical properties of the materials. The artist often uses existing photographs, alienates and repaints them and then digitizes them again. In the case of the three new works, the artist uses the small-format paintings as negatives, which she scans and then processes into photographic works of art in variable sizes. This was also an important factor in her work in the Tate Modern group exhibition "Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography & Abstract Art", in which painting and photography were shown as merging media. This is also how the works in the current edition were created. The compositions are printed on silver paper, which gives the colours the luminosity of the original projections and also reflects the fluid, moving process of creation.

Maya Rochat was awarded the Prix Mobilière this year. She presented her performance "LIVING IN A PAINTING" at the Tate Modern in 2018, among other places, which has given this work a strong resonance outside the country.

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