Commissioned by Open Eye Gallery and Mann Island for Liverpool Biennial 2012, Sinta Tantra’s vinyl wall wrap, Together, Yet Forever Apart, uses colour as her primary material. The architectural intervention reflects upon how buildings welcome or repel us, and how bodies navigate environments shaped from light, colour and physical structures. Together, Yet Forever Apart explores the idea of falling in love and the roles that physical spaces can play within it. Pink light and reflective golds echo idyllic sunsets, alluding to hidden love and to that which is left unsaid. Other inspiration for the colour scheme includes a study of the film In the Mood For Love by Wong Kar-wai, as well as the colours of the late artist Mark Morrisroe’s photograms, shown at Open Eye.
Sinta Tantra is a British artist of Balinese heritage. She was born in New York, USA and spent her childhood in Indonesia, America and Britain. She graduated in London from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2003 and completed her postgraduate degree at Royal Academy of Arts in 2006. In the same year, she was awarded the Deutsche Bank Award in Fine Art. She lives and works in London. Also in 2012, she completed, A Beautiful Sunset Mistaken for a Dawn, a 300-metre long abstract panoramic painting spanning both sides of the 150-metre long DLR Bridge at Canary Wharf, London.
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