The work of Los Angeles-based artist Mindy Shapero fuses an elaborate, crafty materialism with spiritual undertones. As Village Voice critic Jerry Saltz writes, Shapero’s amazing feel for color and materials results in a tactile and visually intensive work with a mesmerizing jolt. Her drawings become transformed into totemic spirits, while the sculptures look like matter organizing itself into other life-forms or states of ecstatic consciousness. These elements of colorful, labor-intensive, shamanistic sensationalism that result in works charged with an archetypical, totemic presence. Their highly visual impact and transgressive logic reinforce the connotations towards a critique of rationalism, while staying true to the postmodern tradition of assemblage that unveils the metaphysical/paranormal undertones of Mindy Shapero’s fantasy world.
“My work is not about thing-ness, its not object-oriented; it’s narrative-based”, this is how Mindy Shapero describes her art. She is not the only artist who tells herself wild stories as a way to make her work come to life. In surprising ways the narrative trajectory of her work ricochets off the likes of Lucas Samaras, flies past Louise Bourgeois and lands somewhere near Mary Shelley. Her influences include the paranormal images of English Romantic painter Henry Fuseli, Andre Breton’s automatic writing and offbeat works of fantastic literature like Jan Potocki’s 1804 Saragossa Manuscript – the last a transfixing mise en abyme that abounds in supernatural forests, esoteric rites and gothic horror.