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Pas de Corps, Sonya Derviz

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Sonya Derviz, Dancers II, 2018

There exist no bodies, yet collective movement ensues. The canvas surface is flat, yet the power of suggestion engrosses Sonya Derviz's Dancers within the figurative, only to awake us from this mirage through the protrusion of a forceful abstract composition. She aims to simultaneously construct and efface the presence of the recognisable, to insert it within a stream of strokes dragging, rotating, and contorting colour and form within the predefined space of the canvas. The dynamism stirring each layer of wash, the alternation of dispersing blocks of colour with interwoven accents pierces the fabric of the figurative into abstraction. The exhibition was accompanied with a poem, composed by Joshua Leon.