Escape Lane: A Conversation with Laure Mary-Couégnias
How do we daydream an escape plan? I think every single person reading this went through the subconscious thoughts of what it was to feel static and need to move over the last year, and the way Paris-based painter Laure Mary-Couégmnias has worked with dreams and surrealism, a classic throwback with contemporary nuance, she has begun a new conversation about space and the places we inhabit. On the occasion of her solo show, Escape Lane, on view now at Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles, we spoke to her about rooms, dinners and Paris.
Evan Pricco: I have a funny one; what is your favorite room you have ever been in? Could be from your childhood or just a room in a museum…
Maybe my bedroom when I was a child. It has undergone many changes since then, so it exists only in my memories. A bedroom is a space in which the boundaries are uncertain. I remember creating countless surreal theatrical scenes in that room, with invented friends who made me feel less lonely, worthless objects that I arranged on shelves as if they were priceless treasures, whole boxes of things whose meaning escapes me, but each of which symbolised a moment I didn't want to leave behind. I loved this room, it was carefree and made things more beautiful, easier, timeless. Every day it was different, every day I rediscovered it. My childhood room was the life that builds duration.
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