The Fluffy Knot (a shy opera)
The Fluffy Knot (a shy opera) is an exhibition, yes, but could also be: an opera that happens only in dreams, with a libretto made of questions. The protagonist could be a sculpture made of wool and silk, balancing and listening to the surrounding sounds.
– What were your ideas then?
– Who had the ticket?
– Your touch is soft. You remind me of waterfalls.
– I used to travel with you.
– We could find a little dog.
– I make delicious sandwiches.
– A shoe-less ball, that which will happen soon.
– As soon as the floor is warm…
Félicia Atkinson (b. 1981, Paris) is an artist and musician who works with improvisation; listening, painting, drawing, sculpture, text, sound, abstraction and poetry. In her work, landscapes blend with dreamscapes, transferring the viewer to an in-between place that is simultaneously hypnotic and haunting, light and eerie. Her first solo exhibition at KRETS stages a slow sculpture against a backdrop that visually and acoustically revolves around the spirit of remote deserts. An exploration of sites and surroundings beyond what immediately unfolds and meets our eyes and ears.
Atkinson has performed and exhibited her work widely across Europe (e.g. Overgaden – Institut for Samtidskunst [Copenhagen], BOZAR [Brussels], Le Plateau, Frac Ile de France, and Palais de Tokyo [Paris]), Mexico (e.g. MUCA Roma [Mexico City]), Australia (e.g. Blindside Gallery [Melbourne], Contemporary Art Tasmania, MUMA – Monash University Museum of Art), and the United States (e.g. City Limits [Oakland], MCA – Museum of Contemporary Art [Chicago], VOLUME [Los Angeles], Emily Harvey Foundation, and ISSUE Project Room [New York]). She also co-publishes the independent imprint Shelter Press with Bartolomé Sanson and has released a series of books and music albums distributed worldwide – most recently Ambient Park (2017), a book that comprises a series of film stills shot during her travels to New Mexico and Arizona, overlaid with a collection of drawings.