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Leya Mira-Brander’s curious dream-like prints are crafted using the aged and delicate medium of copper plate etching. These mesmerizing illustrations of animals, geometric objects, natural and urban landscapes, human anatomy and poetic portraits, consolidate threads – the words, language and emotions – that mold Brander’s own experiences and those she might like to have. As the subjective origin of her work, her real and imaginary stories feed each other to produce varied and complex associative narratives. The worlds in these enigmatic images, steeped in melancholic mysticism, are equally shaped by the romanticized history of copper etching associated with the work of the Old Masters. The configuration of images and prints are never systematically repeated. Rather, specific motifs are re-used to produce unique mosaic alliances in thematic units, something Brander likens to the arrangement of the periodic table. Through the manipulation of metaphoric scientific structures – the order of the periodic table being one example – Brander reformats the pieces of her puzzles to transform their meanings and produce new reactions. Similarly, the peculiar material quality of the copper and the chemical reactions that occur in the making of the prints produce varied reliefs that instill the ambiguity of the interchangeable contexts. Her fascination with playfully reordering the established orders of science, biology and anatomy – in the images she has drawn and their arrangements – is brought together in her exploration of the unconfirmed thoughts and visions of the imagination. Awakening undisturbed sentiments and recollections, these spellbound moments capture a subtle stillness that distract from the mundane to release unconscious needs, wants and desires. New worlds collide and perceptions of reality are

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