In his new solo exhibition Ill Winds, David Sampethai presents a series of painting works, ceramic and bronze figurines and a sound installation in collaboration with musician Irene Lyssari.
People, animals, even inanimate objects appear spell bound in various states of confusion, awkard restlessness, melancholy or wild elation. The works, like windows to a familiar but uneasy reality, present a world caught on a strange day.
Milton, Dante, Darwin, Mozart, Michelangelo, Wagner and many others firmly believed that wind has an effect on us and can turn both on our body and our mind. From the “Santa Ana” wind in Los Angeles to the “Sirocco” at the Mediterranean or “The Fohn” at the Alps, there are plenty of examples of ill winds that have strange or damaging effects on humans and animals. The title of the exhibition plays at this wind related mythology and operates as a metaphor for anything that is out of our control and affects us in invisible ways.