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)
From a new series of large-scale gouaches, this work depicts the interior of a room, indicated by a tiled geometric floor and voluminous drapes against which the silhouette a figure can be seen. While recognizable as an interior space, the work also has a unusually abstract sensibility and, also rare for Melsheimer, includes a human presence.
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.