This is the first London exhibition of Argentine-Swiss artist Vivian Suter’s delicate but powerful paintings, inspired by the Guatemalan rainforest.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1949, Suter spent her childhood in Switzerland before moving to Panajachel, Guatemala in 1982, setting up her home and studio in the midst of the jungle, beside the volcanic lake Atitlán. Drawing inspiration from the lush plants, vibrant flowers, tropical birds and constantly changing weather of this tropical habitat, her mixed media abstract paintings evoke the living energy of the forest: large, unstretched canvases are swathed in colour, gestural brushstrokes and organic motifs.
For this exhibition Suter presents her works as an immersive cacophony which mirrors the canopy of the rainforest: suspended, draped, overlapping and organic. The artist has also made a new body of works specially for Camden Arts Centre’s garden. Transferred from the rainforest in which they were conceived to hang amongst London’s wintery landscape, the works evolve throughout the exhibition, becoming memories of the environment they’ve inhabited.