2018

WHAT'S INSIDE BLACK? 2

Interactive installation with black cotton, wood, rubber

3 panels, 70 cm x 200 cm each

Graukunst, Grey Space in the Middle, The Hague

What’s Inside Black? 2 started as a material experiment in 2014 and it deals with the subject of decay, destruction and transformation. It relates to circular processes in nature and to the idea that to create something, something else needs to be destroyed. I chose the latter to be the main quality of the work. Black is sometimes used to be added on top of other layers, something that is used to cover other things. For this work I wanted to uncover what is there before black was added. By experimenting with various techniques and chemicals, such as discharge paste, I created layers of discolourisation. People in the audience could turn wheels at the panels of the installation and so create their own composition.

Watch the making of video of What's Inside Black? 2

THE INITIATION (black)

Performance, installation with wooden objects, body paint, brushes

Graukunst, Grey Space in the Middle, The Hague

This performance is a social experiment for special occasions. The artist tries to bring people together by marking them with symbols and ritual make up. The people who have been ‘initiated’ will carry those symbols further, even to places outside the artistic safe haven of a gallery or museum. Laura A Dima marks a ‘sacred place’ with a big X and places her sculptures (cut pyramids sitting upside down). These sculptures are the furniture for the ritual. To secure an intimate encounter between artist and visitor only few people are allowed to enter the space at a time. While explaining how she draws inspiration from tribal practices from all over the world, Laura A Dima brings the visitor into a deep state of meditation. When the ritual is over, artist and visitor thank each other, after which the newly initiated leaves to inspire others and show they belong to a new tribe.

SKYMAP '18

Vinyl, plexiglass, wooden frame

2 x 30cm x 60 cm, 1 x 30 cm x 60 cm

Permanent work at WOW Amsterdam

The starting point for ‘Skymap ‘18’ was the plan of the stars Philip Lea made in 1686. Laura A Dima is intrigued by medieval and renaissance cartographers and their interpretations of the heavenly skies: they showed accurate astrological positions of the stars, but gave as much important to mythological symbols and Zodiac signs. In ‘Skymap ‘18’ the artist brings back the phenomenon and revives lost mythological creatures and their stories.

2017

THE INITIATION

Performance, installation with wooden objects, body paint, brushes

Huis Marseilles, Amsterdam Museumnacht

This performance is a social experiment for special occasions. The artist tries to bring people together by marking them with symbols and ritual make up. The people who have been ‘initiated’ will carry those symbols further, even to places outside the artistic safe haven of a gallery or museum. Laura A Dima marks a ‘sacred place’ with a big X and places her sculptures (cut pyramids sitting upside down). These sculptures are the furniture for the ritual. To secure an intimate encounter between artist and visitor only few people are allowed to enter the space at a time. While explaining how she draws inspiration from tribal practices from all over the world, Laura A Dima brings the visitor into a deep state of meditation. When the ritual is over, artist and visitor thank each other, after which the newly initiated leaves to inspire others and show they belong to a new tribe.

SKYMAP '17

installation, vinyl, sunlight, 580 x 300 cm

WOW Open AIR Amsterdam, 13 May 2017

This work turns a studio in WOW Amsterdam into a sacred space. The windows are covered by a handmade map of the stars. It resembles the stained glass windows in gothic churches. The artist took the most detailed sky maps available by NASA as a guideline: All stars visible throughout the course of one year are in it. Laura A Dima punched a hole for every star by hand and so created a map of the stars. Applied to the glass of all windows of the studio, it inspires an audience to think about the concepts of time, infinity and the sacred. ‘Skymap’ is about the unknown, about human’s insignificance compared to a vast universe, and about ephemerality. It reflects our fascination with the stars since the beginnings of our existence. During daytime sunlight shines through the holes and fills the room with a mystic light, and at nighttime the map shines it ‘s light to the streets outside by the lights now switched on inside the studio.

Watch the making of video of Skymap '17

Atlantis | Lights After Sunset

installation with wave projector, wood, lamps, water and fish

WOW Greenhouse, 13 April 2017

Atlantis | Lights After Sunset was a collaboration between fashion designers Linda Plaude, Ting Gong, and Laura A Dima - and existed for one evening only. They used the phenomena of light and dark often in their work, and decided this should be the main subject. The installation used a live projection of water as a spatial intervention to the Greenhouse that transformed into a space of unearthly wonder, and the audience felt like a visitor of the mythical city of Atlantis. For this event the street lamps were exclusively switched off.

2016

Model for a Monument

installation with wood pedestals and ceramics sculptures

Object Rotterdam

Model for a Monument is a continuation of an ongoing project, an exploration of reviving the tradition of archaic monuments, which incorporate elements of the transmundane, as opposed to the purely functional pragmatism of architecture today.Fascinated by ancient formations, sacred geometry and symbolism, the artist reflects on the meaning of magical objects in our daily life and how much they influence the decisions we make - or the other way around.

2015

Utopia

performance and installation with 5 towers 300 x 120 cm, wood, IPads, coloured neon lights, foam, cup

Ritual performed with: five Ministries (Love, Beauty, Equality, Freedom and Fun), a time keeper and the Oracle.

Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam, Graduation Show

Project supported by Berlage Fonds

The installation consists of 5 black towers, standing for various ministries. Inside each towers shines a coloured light, symbolising 5 different qualities: Love, Beauty, Equality, Freedom and Fun. Actors play commissioners of a Utopian society. The towers are designed with sharp angles: wooden plates rest on each other without any screws or other conjunctions; they simply rest on each other. Together, they make a ‘temple’, which guides the movements of the audience. The exterior opening is 1,50 m high so a guest entering the temple has to bow down: a forced act of respect. The interior opening, which leads to the center of the temple, is just 1 m high. By going through this gate the visitor is pushed into the worship position. Here the guest will meet ‘the Oracle’. The oracle is quiet, and guides the guest into meditation after which she applies ritual make up on his / her face. Guest leave the temple marked as members of a new tribe.

2014

What’s inside black?

material Research, discharge on dyed black cotton

Service Garage, Amsterdam

The project deals with the subject of decay, destruction and transformation. Every process in nature is a cycle, in order for something new to be created something else needs to be destroyed. By accepting this and not be afraid of destruction, I chose to use that as the main quality of the work. Black is sometimes used to be added on top of other layers, something that is used to cover other things. For this work I wanted to uncover what is there before black was added. First using bleach to deconstruct the black, I found out there is even a better chemical compound used in silk screen printing which cancels the dye. However, some pigments are stronger than others and each material has a different history.

Does it come in Black?

Installation in dark room with tree trunk, carpet, lights

Art and Research Honors Program group project, SMBA, Amsterdam

During the salons we sat down in our dark room, on the soft carpet, around the totem of a tree, smelling the fresh coffee while talking about death. “Our group started off with two questions: ‘What is the image of death?’ and 'How do we embody mortality?’ We began with a case study of the ballet The Rite of Spring and made an Atlas of death, exploring our assumptions about death. From here on, we divided the research in four different fields, namely image theory, an analysis of The Rite of Spring, an investigation of Near Death Experiences and a reflection on graveyards. Those four routes are now brought together in the publication, in four dialogues, as well as in the exhibition in SMBA Amsterdam.

students: Kristian Moelberg Meyer, Annemiek Geel, Laura Dima, Céline Hürzeler, Lenneke Vos

http://www.artandresearch.nl/

2013

The Quiet Screen

weather print on fabric

We are all some sort of refugees between concrete blocks.We became aliens in the cities we created. We lost the sensitivity for pure beauty of nature. Nowadays public space became an advertising tool. I want to offer a peaceful moment in this over crowded public space; that can make people aware of a pure beauty that is all around us, but we are not able to notice it anymore. The Quiet Screen would move accordingly to the strength and speed of the wind while this movement its literally printed on the fabric, and later on, damaged by the same weather conditions.

2012

Cross Section

material research in plaster, clay, fabric, pins, paper

Cutting through matter you discover different layers and realities.that don’t usually meet the eye. The cross-section of a rabbit skull was the inspiration for this material research project. Visually you can make associations and links between different materials, and thus investigating their qualities. Microscopic images of tissue, bone and hair are translated in sculptures.

2011

Book of 79 Drawings

indian ink on paper, canvas

Callatis Festival, Rome

Seventy-nine fast automatic drawings made in 2 weeks and put together in a book. Some drawings have been selected to be shown in the exhibition during Callatis Festival in Rome, Italy among other Romanian artists from Diaspora.