A solo exhibit of oil paintings on canvas and paper by Homeira Sunderland
In her Lausanne home there are colourful pieces of art on the wall and richly tinted carpets on the floor. She always keeps a beautiful stack of colourful fabrics in a special chest, including pieces newly flown in from Iran: ‘just looking at colour and touching the materials gives me energy’ she says. Colour has been an inherent part of Homeira’s life from the very beginning.
In high school she began to paint and clearly remembers how the art teacher left his students free to depict what they wanted and to choose their own subjects. That freedom was important to her. As a young girl she witnessed her mother creating fabric objects and jewellery. But even though her family appreciated artistry, “at home we were taught that it was important to learn something that could make us financially independent”, she remembers.
She took that advice to heart and because she had always had the longing to go to Europe, at the age of eighteen Homeira came to Switzerland, to study Materials Science at EPFL.
That is where she met her future husband Paul, with whom she has had two children. Being a working mother, she had little time to paint, but she did buy brushes and oil paints at times, as if to be ready for her own creative time once the opportunity presented itself. And indeed, when her children grew up she began to take art classes and to paint again. Having been a curator for art shows at EPFL since the of 2015, organizing shows for a multitude of artists, the time for her own solo exhibit has now arrived.
Homeira leads a busy and full working life. To keep in shape, she stays physically active: gymnastics, walking and Qigong are a few of her favourite pastimes.
But most of all she loves water and swimming. It makes so much sense: with her lively energy she immerses herself both in life and in nature. She even goes for a regular dip in the lake’s deep green-blue waters in winter.
Homeira SunderlandText: Homeira Sunderland
Vernissage : Friday September 28, 2018, from 18:00
Exphibition : September 28 - November 23, 2018
Galerie ELA, Cafétéria des Bâtiments EL , ELA 010
Curator : Gusta van Dobbenburgh
Information : astie.epfl.ch ou 021 693 28 23
Last modification : 14h13, vendredi le 8 février, 2019