Gouache on paper
56 x 76,5 cm (22 1/8 x 29 7/8 in) (unframed)
65 x 86 x 4 cm (25 5/8 x 33 7/8 x 1 5/8 in) (framed)
Signed and dated verso
From a new series of large-scale gouaches, this work depicts the interior of an otherwise sparsely furnished building with a large windowfront. The image draws on a project by the Dutch architecture firm Inside Outside that in 2011-12 introduced several textile and landscape interventions into the celebrated Maison Bordeaux originally constructed in 1994-98 by Rem Koolhaas' firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture, known as OMA. Red and pink drapery on the left side of the drawing contrast with the light blue of what the viewer assumes is the sky. While recognizable as an interior space, as the grey area on top implies a concrete ceiling, the work has an abstract sensibility.
In her gouaches of architectural sites Isa Melsheimer constructs small autonomous worlds, seemingly detached from their real-world settings. The artist often chooses source material showing the building in their original condition, that is, without signs of subsequent decay or dilapidation and without later architectural or landscaping additions. Since the found photographs on which she bases the gouaches are often in black and white, the artist effectively reimagines the colors of the buildings and their interiors, unrestrained by the strictures of verisimilitude.