Jacoba Niepoort Lets Go in Fanzara

Danish painter Jacoba Niepoort captures a figure mid moment, usually in movement and gently touched with romantic realism.

Jacoba Niepoort. MIAU Festival 2019. Fanzara, Spain (photo © Jacoba Niepoort)

Here in Fanzara, Spain her new mural for the MIAU Festival is in two distinct parts, separated by bricked wall, interconnected by a chord. The malleable wire of energy seems to envelop the nude as she reaches toward a winged being which is taking flight, thin rope in claw.

This looks like a powerful creature. You may imagine this whimsical scene taking a difficult turn as soon as this bird is airborne and the entangled figure is dragged along behind, haplessly scraping along the ground and banging into houses, cars, and bushes until lifted up above the trees.

Jacoba Niepoort. MIAU Festival 2019. Fanzara, Spain (photo © Jacoba Niepoort)

Hopefully that doesn’t occur.

Niepoort tells us that this is scene not to be taken so literally.

“The mural is about the process of letting go of those things we have a hard time letting go of,” she says. Given the moment she has depicted here, there is little time remaining to let go.

Jacoba Niepoort. MIAU Festival 2019. Fanzara, Spain (photo © Jacoba Niepoort)
Jacoba Niepoort. (NEMO’s on the left) MIAU Festival 2019. Fanzara, Spain (photo © Jacoba Niepoort)
Jacoba Niepoort. MIAU Festival 2019. Fanzara, Spain (photo © Jacoba Niepoort)
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