A poetic landscape experience
By Heidi Trautmann
It often happens to me that I find myself in a place –
be it an old city or an untouched landscape with the air flickering and dancing
over it - that I discover forms of another reality, another time level and I
have to touch my face, close and reopen my eyes to find my presence again. There
is an olive tree in our garden, some hundred years old, and when I pass it or
pick its fruit in autumn I feel the presence of its owners that lived with it a
long time ago.
Brunella Longo brought this experience to life in a project
that took about four years, from 2011 to 2015. Imagery of dreams. Photographic
collages. She is known to travel to places for her work that are untouched by
human presence but that have inspired her to create dreamworlds of her own,
stories and legends that she associates with the aura of the landscape.
A selection of very fine art works she brought with
her from Italy for her exhibition at the ArtRooms in Kyrenia. She came here on
invitation of Ümit Inatçı, an artist friend she has met during his time in
Italy. It is her first visit to Cyprus and I am positive that she will discover
the imagery that overlays the island and will have a story to tell one day.
I asked Brunella what she wanted to say with the title
of the exhibition... ‘art-emide’...
“It is a play of words on the basis of the Goddess
Artemis, to Artemis=Artemide, art-emide. My art work dedicated to Artemis, with
art included in her presence.... you understand? It is the myth that goes with
her that inspired me.”
Artemis, the goddess, protectress of women, the hunter
and virgin, protecting and defending her chastidy and her freedom; her symbols
included the golden bow and arrow, the hunting dog, the stag and the moon.
The symbols of Artemis, carried through centuries, a
travel into our subconsciousness where the history of earth is stored, the
human forms included as shadows, fleeting shadows.
The exhibition is open until 29 June; viewing times
from midday to midnight according to the opening hours of the restaurant The
House opposite the Colony Hotel.