MARIELLA LEHNER
(site currently under construction, 12/2023)

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GIVING UP GIVING IN

NOV–23
ink and tempera on canvas
228 cm x 245 cm

exhibited at The Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery, New York

"Mariella Lehner reimagines Sir John Everett Millais’ “Ophelia” (1851-2) by showing an enlargement of her face, almost submerged in liquid and covered with lantern flies, which are considered an “invasive species” in North America. These insects symbolize the tension between intrusion and belonging, resistance and resignation, persistence and acceptance. The title suggests a state of flux, leaving it unclear whether the figure is undergoing a transformative process or facing impending demise. In their most recent works, Lehner addresses the collective grief we share over the gradual decline of our environment as we know it today-a profound sorrow that goes far beyond the mourning of an individual being."


Category
painting, canvas

INVASION

OCT–23

ink on paper
21 cm x 30 cm


Category
painting, paper


URNE FÜR FELIX

SEPT–23
ceramics, sound, bricks
urn roughly 30 cm tall
exhibited at 1019 Gallery, State University of New York at Purchase

I was thinking about different experiences and levels of grief, grieving people, pets, the birds I don't hear singing anymore because of the existence of said pet cats. This piece was also vaguely referencing a poem by viennese writer Ernst Jandl that has been with me for over a decade. Thinking about my birds I imagined how only the true birds will survive in the end, the ones who, after being forced to leave this earth altogether, manage to settle in the sky far away.
There were bird sounds installed in the urn.

"fang eine liebe amsel ein
nimm eine schere zart und fein
schneid ab der amsel beide bein
amsel darf immer fliegend sein
steigt höher auf und höher
bis ich sie nicht mehr sehe
und fast vor lust vergehe
das müsst ein wahrer vogel sein
dem niemals fiel das landen ein"

Category
ceramics, object


THOUGHTS ON BREEDING
JUN–23

ink on canvas
250 cm x 300 cm
exhibited at Living Room Gallery, Athens


Category
painting, canvas


GOOSE ATTACK

JUN–23

ink on wall
3500 cm x 250 cm
temporary, sight specific mural at Living Room Gallery, Athens

Category
mural, wall

©2023Mariella Lehner, Wien