Blue my mind

St Petersburg residency

Germany

2020

Blue my mind

In “Fühlinger Lake”  in Cologne (Germany) there are hardly any people and during this quarantine it has become a refuge and inspiration. It is neighbourhood to the Rhine River, where the Romans located the city and "The Nibelung Legend" arose.

 

The idea of excavating the past surrounds my art practice, especially my sculptures, which I located as part of the landscape; as if, during this lockdown the artworks themselves were part of this nature. The carved stones between bushes and flowers make me thing about ancient civilizations and all the dreams we carry. As trained archaeologist eternity somehow matters, even just a part of an artwork has strong meaning. I wanted to transmit this, part of the whole but at the same time the whole as part in the nature.

It is strange to see nobody, as if we practically never existed. While preparing these artworks I was inspired by poems and folktales but along the lake and forest they have another voice. That is confusing, it blows the mind. The COVID-19 pandemic puts down our own existence.

It is said that “colour me blue” comes from “blue devils”-hallucinations and a sense of melancholy. Walking along the Rhine River and the lake, with sculptures and echoes of siren-myths and dragons…. colour me blue, blue my mind.

© Amalia Gil-Merino

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