Maud Haya-Baviera’s first solo exhibition in the UK features new work which shifts between the mediums of sculpture, photography, installation and drawing.
The title of the exhibition Delightful desuetude while referring to notions of abandonment and of the unused surreptitiously invites us to find pleasure in forms that seem to drift towards their own end. The seemingly contemplative and perhaps dreamlike nature of the work is interjected by apparent decay and by a sense of controlled arrangement. Lyric (2009), a large-scale photographic work, stages a green amphitheatre with only the presence of trees as speechless spectators. The sculptural work idyll (2009)evocates bucolic landscapes and romantic promenades while employing stratification and decomposed forms. Haya-Baviera’s recent works on paper employ a similarly playful yet restrained aesthetic, their mineral and industrial qualities imply nostalgic structures imbued with a sense of obsolete elegance and simplicity.
Together the works are charged with an air of expectation, they hint at a romantic sense of loss which hinges itself to the outline of memory and celebrates the silence of the undisclosed.
Maud Haya-Baviera has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include, To the King, La Cité Internationale, Paris (2009), Anonymous Drawings, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin (2008) and Channel, Sylvester Works, Sheffield, (2006). Her work featured in Sheffield Pavilion (2007) as part of the Venice Biennale and Kassel Documenta. In 2010 her work will be exhibited as part of Art Sheffield 10.
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