As announced about a week ago, the Valencia-based gallery PlasticMurs, opened a new exhibition featuring the work of Spanish artist Mercedes Bellido

Tiled “La noche, el ave de alas negras” (Night, a black winged bird), Bellido presents a new body of work that reflects on her fascination with the myth of Nyx, the Greek goddess (or personification) of the night.

The myth of Nyx, a shadowy figure that according to some sources stood at or near the beginning of creation, mothered other deities such as Hypnos (Sleep) and Thanatos (Death), with Erebus (Darkness). Her appearances are sparse in surviving mythology, but reveal her as a figure of such exceptional power and beauty that she is feared by Zeus himself.

In “Night, a black winged bird” Mercedes Bellido works the potential iconography of the Orphic goddess universe. The past is embodied in memories that flow like crawling animals poisoning our minds, but also feeding an insatiable curiosity for what is to come which, as expected, is death itself.
In Mercedes Bellido, the black birds presage this irremediable and fatal outcome also representing Nyx, the mother of love (and light), death, darkness and sleep. There is no light without darkness and there is no darkness without light.

“Night, a black winged bird” runs through April 22 at the gallery located on Calle Denia 45, Valencia, Spain.
For info about the exhibited work contact: info@plasticmurs.com

About the artist
Mercedes Bellido was born in Zaragoza, Spain in 1991. She moved to Cuenca to study at the Faculty of Fine Arts and later moved to Madrid to study a Masters Degree. During the last years she has been dedicated to the world of illustration and artistic creation that seems to draw its inspiration from Baroque still life as well as masters like Giorgio De Chirico, Henri Rousseau and Moebius.
Her paintings depict landscapes of surreal nature combining mysticism and unusual creatures that seems to emanate a strange serene calmness.

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