Kathleen Meier: Enclosed
When one enters a room, he or she expects to see the space in all its dimensions with a variety of objects, furniture, windows, light. In Kathleen Meier’s series "Enclosed", however, our sight is permanently confronted with dead ends: corners and blind walls unbroken by windows, with no access of natural light, no presence of human. Daunting and claustrophobic interiors in mostly cold hues of blue and green are far from being appealing. Victorian style wallpapers are, incidentally, notorious for being lethal at the time due to the extensive use of arsenic in the production of green pigment for them, which adds to the unsettling feeling. Door after the door we find ourselves enclosed in a maze of repetitive spaces, states, feelings. Where does this maze of interiors bring us to?
The series Enclosed ("Huis clos"), 2014-2017, confronts us with a suggestive confinement. What happens in us when we are faced with a desperate situation? What do we feel when we no longer have a connection with the outside world?
Disorientation and loss of contact with the outside world put us into a physical and mental isolation and can lead us – in a conscious or subconscious way – to modify our relationship with the external reality. This maze slowly conducts us into a mental illness.