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    Morpheus
    Liliane Tomasko

7 September 2021 until 6 January 2022


Just as the god of dreams, Morpheus, is able to transform himself into any shape, the works of Liliane Tomasko also undergo a transformation. Starting with a dream that always reveals a glimpse into the soul, she creates mysterious, metaphorical works full of energy and inner strength. She captures a world between waking, sleeping and dreaming on canvas, aluminium or paper and captures the fleeting moment between these states, between consciousness and unconsciousness. Tomasko draws her inspiration from this in-between stage, as one is neither in one nor in the other world and yet they are both connected. She is fascinated by these moments of becoming.

The works shown in the exhibition “Morpheus” at the Kunstmuseum Magdeburg were created between 2018 and 2020 and tell of the threshold state and the contrasts between day and night, waking and sleeping. Her paintings range from vibrating images full of light and warmth to works that are defined by strong black and white contrasts - a dance between light and darkness.

The work “Morpheus” (2018) shows flowing lines across the format. They are concentrated in deep black, which somehow seems threatening, are overlaid by a vertical strip of translucent pink and delicate, light bands. They look like sheets that are placed over the interior of an empty apartment. The materiality of these ribbons raises the question of what they hide: What is dormant in our subconscious? What will our dreams reveal when the veil is lifted in sleep? The light peach shade of the background is reminiscent of the pastel colours of the morning sky. The darkness of the night is displaced by the light of the coming day, the access to the dream world is closed.

In “a dream of: LIGHTING UP THE DARK” (2018) it is the orange and pink coloured lines that create a contrast to the strong blue and black and testify to the light in the darkness named in the title of the painting. The "Hold on to yourself" series was created during the Corona lockdown in spring 2020. Gray and black lines move on a light background interspersed with coloured accents. Partly superimposed on each other, partly liberating, it seems like a struggle. Tomasko contrasts the reality of the spreading pandemic with a dream world.

 

Liliane Tomasko (* 1967 in Zurich) studied at the Camberwell School of Art, the Chelsea College of Art and Design and the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Her works are shown in museums and galleries in solo and group exhibitions around the world, including the Château La Coste, France, the Museo MATE, Lima, the Rockland Center for the Arts, New York State, the Fundación Bancaja, Valencia and the Lowe Art Museum, Miami and are in international public and private collections. Tomasko lives and works in New York and Bavaria.

 

Liliane Tomasko, Morpheus, 2018, photo: Brian Buckley © Liliane Tomasko

 

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