Pacific Meridian

Eugénia Mussa


An abstract line that crosses the globe from one pole to the other, a channel where energy flows through the body, the meridian creates connections between distant points and at the same time determines divisions between different hemispheres. Meridian also means, in a figurative sense, transparent, luminous.

The most recent work by Eugénia Mussa, presented at the exhibition “Pacific Meridian”, explores this semantic irresolution between the possibilities of the line and the quality of light, between geographical imagery and maps of emotion. Through the presentation of a set of paintings that play with the multiple possibilities released by the tension between difference and repetition, between abstraction and figuration, “Pacific Meridian” proposes an experience of colour and materiality that adopts uncertainty itself as the line of experimentation.

Thus, while the forms materialized on paper or canvas seem to formulate the hypothesis of a location, of a place that sometimes becomes landscape, the liquidity of colours, their different shades and heterogeneous textures generate a subtle movement that marks their refusal to fix themselves in a stable way. While the use of representation seems to signify adherence to a palpable presence, external to the image itself, an attentive gaze recognises toys and other everyday objects that, with humour, blur the boundaries between reality and fiction. They are “paper tigers” that frighten only those who are deceived by their appearance.

Marked by transit between different geographies, language and imagination, the work of Eugénia Mussa is the result of a polyglot practice that feeds on multiple stories – starting from and moving beyond the most recent developments of abstract art stories in which her work infiltrates in an eccentric way. In this practice, each word has at least two distinct meanings, and we can only predict the probability of each one being the right one. Thus, “peaceful” …

– Giulia Lamoni, curator

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With text by
Pacific Meridian
Sara Antónia Matos, Giulia Lamoni, Cristina Tejo