RANNVA KUNOY: THE POWER OF SUGGESTION
2011, Faroe Islands
Rannva Kunoyâ€™s paintings play with the power of suggestion. Large canvases either in black and white, red, or strong yellow appear - first hazy and 3dimensional - a hint of something photographic. After a while things or shapes appear, the suggestion of a head, a foot, a mouth, only to slip away again. The works are held in permanent suspense.
Kunoyâ€™s paintings purposefully hold an uneasy space between abstraction and figuration, and the tragic comic. The human eye searches for its home, the face and figure, in everything that it sees. Her paintings take this rule and push it to its absolute boundaries, though what is also forcing the work at their back is the tidal push of the history of art.
London based RannvĂˇ Kunoyâ€™s paintings challenge and instigate, remaining ambiguous and open to various interpretations. The audience is captivated by the beauty of Kunoyâ€™s paintings and their illusionary space that appears to be endless. Kunoy bids her audience welcome to embrace her work with their own experiences, since bringing their own experiences and interpretation to the work is just as important for Kunoy as what she herself puts on the canvas.
Rannva Kunoyâ€™s essentially non-figurative paintings represent a new direction in Faroese art history following in the footsteps of the non-figurative pioneers and their challenge to the purely figurative interpretation of Faroese nature.
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