Wake by Barbara Mydlak
17.07.2023 > 23.07.2023
An exhibition and performance on the rituals associated with passing away, destruction and rebirth.
During the opening and following days of the exhibition at BLANCO, Barbara Mydlak created new work and repaired damaged objects from the past. Barbara Mydlak's process was accompanied by a musical performance by Yann Deval, who created live musical improvisations inspired by the space, works and scents.
Thus, Mydlak has launched a new series of exhibitions that are based on live creation, or recreating an act from the past, construction and re-construction, on the rhythmic repetition of a gesture.
The new artwork realised on the floor during the performance is a 4.5 m x 6 m handmade paper created from cellulose derived from expired herbal waste collected from family, friends, shops and restaurants. The installation has an intense scent of herbal mixtures, which blends with a central hanging conifer-scented installation and other works with natural fibres, glycerine, wax or oils enclosed together in one space.
Ingredients of the herbal paper:
fennel fruit, black mallow blossom, camomile flower, white sage leaf, sage leaf, peppermint leaf, aniseed fruit, oak bark, cranberry fruit, rosehip, thyme herb, thyme herb, celery seed, nettle leaf, bearberry, cowrie rhizome, horsetail herb, lovage root, fenugreek seed, raspberry leaf, horse chestnut bark, pine buds, buckthorn rhizome, marigold blossom, marsh marigold meadowsweet, calla lily bark, mugwort, bean leaf, yarrow herb, lavender flower
venkelvrucht, zwart malvebloesem, kamillebloem, wit salieblad, salieblad, pepermuntblad, anijsvrucht, eikenschors, veenbesvrucht, rozenbottel, tijmkruid, selderijzaad, brandnetelblad, berendruif, cowrie wortelstok, heermoes kruid, lavaswortel, fenegriekzaad, frambozenblad, paardenkastanje schors, dennenknoppen, wegedoorn wortelstok, goudsbloembloesem, moerasspirea, calla lelie schors, bijvoet, bonenblad, duizendblad kruid, lavendelbloem
Yann Deval recorded the improvisations and combined them into an album, which is available here: