IDILIOS (Spanish lyrical word for ‘romances’ in English) shows a series of romantic recreations based on amorous experiences represented by the same woman (the artist’s alter ego) kissing different men in various places.
The series is constructed in an ideal context in order to accentuate the experience of romantic love. A jewellery shop, a golf course and a luxury hotel appear to the observer as appropriate sites to stage romance. Experiences become more intense and happiness gets materialised.
The kiss is the main act and the only one, a symbol of the stereotyped romantic situation. Immediate satisfaction is found in the kiss. It is the begin and end of the entire narrative scene and it is the iconographic element of the image too.
MART SOUL was born and bred in Madrid, Spain. In her artwork, she produces visual reflections on the interaction between cultural topics like aesthetics of the self (appearances), emotions (and their relation with values) and behaviour (patterns of interaction). Photography allows her to construct images raising questions about current stereotypes on issues like immigration, consumerism, or romantic love.
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