Michella Perera takes over West Graham Street
After a childhood spent in Sri Lanka and Ireland, Michella Perera graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2017.
Early works – Broken Wall 1 and Preludes – appear to both create and enquire into the precarity of and atmospheres associated with particular spaces. These interventions seem to ask, ‘How does dismantling the fabric of a wall (revealing the stark contrast between the pristine surface and interior gubbins) or introducing variations of light via suspended material change the way think about and bodily relate to interiors we presumed to know?’
The subtle amalgam of found materials in a later work like Untitled (Sink) evince, again, a measure of insecurity. We’re not sure how sound the construction is and so are invited to engage with it tentatively. The work comprises a pair of rickety table-like structures: one, horizontal and topped with a smudged transparent sheet and the other slightly slanted and wrapped in a material covered in small blue flowers.