Popel Coumou is a Dutch photographer who employs light to sculpt remembered but somehow nonexistant spaces. Ghostly, inverted piramids balance on an imagined horizon which ultimately consists out of nothing more but a thin line of bright white light.
By using an old analogue camera to capture carefully crafted collages she is able to find romantic notions in the most abstract of artistic gestures. She suggests an immersive universe held together by tape, paper and a heartfelt suspension of disbelief. The grain of the analogue image pulls together shapes and colours she collected from wildly different sources.
She mixes and matches photographic scenes with abstract fields of pure colour in an effort to convey a certain spatial emotion. The resulting compositions appear to the viewer as graphic interpretations of daydreams.
Several exciting developments in her work can be tracked through the portfolio of images found on this website. From humble beginnings – a clay bed in a looming, densely coloured void or a sunstruck window in a dusty hotel room – she has moved on to a more metaphysical plane. Here diffused light and stark geometry describe grand thoughts and delicate musings in an abstract language that is uniquely her own.
Now, her work has found a worldwide audience and is extensively exhibited and collected by both individuals and institutions. With the help of her galleries in Amsterdam and New York she is steadily building a solid base of followers and an increasingly fruitful career. From her studio in Amsterdam she attempts to connect with a global discourse of space and memory. In spite of these high reaching ambitions her work remains firmly grounded by her personal memories and immediate surroundings.
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