Sunshine through a dusty window can lit a room in a way that seems to accentuate it’s emptiness. The soft glow and distinct shadows create a geometric relationship between the borders of the space, its colours and the world outside. When viewed as a whole the scene takes on the qualities of a graphic abstraction of visible reality. A two dimensional slice of subjective vision that represents the palpable absence of human activity. Popel Coumou’s art is inspired by this naturally occurring play of lines. She tries to simulate these lifeless but highly evocative areas by shaping her own slices of constructed space. She uses a great variety of techniques (paint, clay, fabric, plastics) to construct the illusion of a place. She then carefully lights this architectural collage to add the suggestion of a third dimension to the photographs she takes of these scenes. By accentuating the effects of light outside and shadows inside these spaces, she furthers both the sense of a flattened representation and the illusion of depth. The end result is an image that seems to hold the mid ground between painterly abstraction and geometric photography. Although people are very rarely visible in her works, their actions and habits do form a pivotal element of these scenes. A chair or bed signifies both the current absence and alluded past presence of the inhabitants of these collages and maquettes. Popel Coumou uses this suggested human interference in the space to create a familiar feeling; a visual grip for the recognition of an abstract construction.
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