The “Inverted” exposition is a result of the Maess residential stay in Argentina and it consists of collection of drawings based on a unique topography of the city of La Plata.
Maess treats the ideal city design with multiple transformations, violating existing realities. An exploration of space between the starting point and the final result invites the viewer to embark on his/her own intellectual adventure of perception beyond the habitual limits. The artist’s key aim is not to reach a predetermined goal, but to observe the moments and places where imperfections and errors in the inversion process occur. Inversion can refer to a particular case of abstract thinking and can also be considered a result of instinctive human penchant for putting contrasting objects of concepts together. This kind of definition does not however allow to multiply all possible situations or circumstances and to adjust them to such thinking. Commonly used intuitive processes of inversion cannot always be reduced to a common denominator, since, for instance, contradiction such as good/evil is of different nature than day/night. Simple act of reverting inversion also does not lead to a zero sum situation, but creates a web of transformations with varying interrelations. Such manipulations can be best observed in visual arts – the most effective way of reaching a semantic or formal effect of surprise is to seek out the stubborn constant that hides in earlier solutions and invert it by 180 degrees.
Maess (b.1982,Warsaw) graduated with a Master’s Degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.
In 2005 she received a scholarship to attend the Escola Superior de Artes e Design in Porto Portugal.
Then she had exhibitions, among all, in Poland, Portugal,Argentina,Italy,Spain and Germany.
Recently her drawings have been published at Fukt Magazine for Contemporary Drawing (http://fukt.de)and
were presented at Berlin Preview Emerging Art Fair.(http://www.previewberlin.de/)