The house and the domestic environment have been recurrent subjects in Mimi Tavares´ work. Images of inhabited interiors are the starting point for this series of drawings and paintings which return those same spaces to us, not necessarily in a mimetic way.
These interiors are ambiguous and even baffling, at times bordering on disintegration, appearing unsettling, disquieting: devoid of people, loaded with unusual view points; inside them furniture and other objects from different typologies coexist, from chaise longues, sofas, chairs, desks and beds, to mirrors and half-moon tables in an uncertain chronology ranging from the 1800s to modern times.
This work stands at the border between order and disorder, defying our perception with it´s deconstructed spaces, reminiscent of suspended or singular times, peculiarly formulated, telling several stories simultaneously, possibly of the people who once inhabited them, in an illogical spacial logic, suggesting more or less improbable narratives which our memory and experience endeavour to clarify.
Rui Afonso Santos