With AURUM Carme Sanglas presents a selection of tempera paintings on paper that employ her characteristic use of gold leaf, a technique whose own luminosity reflects the light and gives a luminous dimension to the other elements in the painting.
Constructed with volumes generally rendered in muted tones and chromatically equidistant, the paintings of Carme Sanglas suggest alien landscapes of limpid atmospheres and evoke the illumintated manuscripts of the Romanesque era or the sacred texts of Tibet. These images, created over the past two decades, share a common language founded on a simple iconography of objects – elements from Nature or figures in hermetic spaces – that speak to us in parables of a private universe access to which can only be reached in dreams. They are impenetrable spaces, closed realms, inhabited by Jungian archetypes that evoke the mystic poetry and sacred texts such as the Bhagavad Gita or the Hindu Vedas, fonts of inspiration from which Sanglas frequently drinks, and her work shares with them the awe of the fable and the mystery of meditation.
Carme Sanglas lives and works in a small village of the Empordà, withdrawn from the hyperactive world of the Contemporary Art circuit, where she combines her work as an artist with teaching art to children and adults alike. In addition to a long exhibition career, Sanglas has worked closely with editors as an illustrator and other graphic projects. Recently, her work was seen in Torroella de Montgrí in a one-person exhibition at the Museu de la Mediterrànea and in the Gold exhibition at the Museum of the Imperial Belvedere Palace in Vienna, Austria with such artists as Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Lucio Fontana, Robert Rauschenberg, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Anish Kapoor, Sigmar Polke, Philip Taaffe o Not Vital, amongst others.