In her series Interfaces, Lena Schmid-Tupou explores the different landscapes she has seen and lived in and arranges her impressions in various compositions on her canvas. She creates landscapes from her memory without the aspiration of being realistic. When working on the series, she had a phrase in mind that her friend once told her; it was a reception in her friend’s mother tongue that translates into “My mountains and rivers welcome you”. She also thought of something the Lebanese poet and artist Etel Adnan once said in an interview: “Mountains are beings if you pay attention.”
For Schmid-Tupou the landscape and the nature that surrounds her is immensely influential on her work. In her paintings, drawings, and sculptures, she captures what she sees and feels when being outdoors. She sometimes describes a feeling of being overwhelmed when she travels to new places, and she describes nature as breathtaking.
With Interfaces, she brings together places from different sides of the planet and combines them in the series. Some shapes may remind us of mountains or rivers, some of lakes or fields. Schmid-Tupou does not differentiate between inner and outer nature. To her, the things we see are in the same way important like the things we imagine, dream of or what we feel. This series gives us ideas about landscapes we know, but also leaves a lot of room for our own interpretation.