3 December, 2013- 21 January, 2014
Eutopia is inspired by The Island of Utopia (1516), a work by the English philosopher, humanist and writer Thomas More. The book describes the organization of an ideal society settled in a nation with the shape of an island called Utopia, questioning some social problems of mankind. Lourdes Fisa is interested in the concept of Eutopia – from the ancient Greek meaning good, ideal, apparently unachievable place that doesn’t exist yet, but that would be convenient and possible to exist, giving birth to a new and better reality. Fisa gives her pictorial version of Thomas More’s eutopia.
As the critic Francesc Miralles describes “the conceptual process of these compositions is practically the same as in former times: iconography with ancestral, nature motifs, and solid, everlasting references. Lourdes Fisa returns to some of her images in a need not to distance from nor abandon her own identity symbols – not only regarding her already long artistic career, but also her life in general – which connect us with nature, freedom, community relations. Symbols that she believes to be now more necessary than ever.” Throughout her development as an artist, Lourdes Fisa has cultivated her own graphic architecture, a personal iconography and a particular methodology. Her paintings are a universe full of symbolic records. Colors, graceful lines, transparent matter – resources to be read deeply and with complicity.
In Eutopia, Lourdes Fisa also displays some compositions in a new format: glass engraved with acid and varnished with vitrified glaze. She recently presented this unprecedented glass work in the exhibition “Melodies de llum” in Casa Lluvià in Manresa, Barcelona, yielding a dialogue between her work and the space of the modernist building where it is held. Subsequently, and basing on this composition, Lourdes Fisa presents the audiovisual work Eutopia in Galeria Vanguardia in Bilbao.