Harvey Nichols is hosting a selection of artworks by Maria Clemen. Inspired by butterflies and birds, old maps and stamps, bank notes, roses, skulls, guns and silhouettes...and a love of cinema, the Fourth Floor has never looked so inspirational!
Maria Clemen was born in Sweden, raised in Denmark, and has lived in London since 1985. Her work is strongly influenced by her Scandinavian roots, with an emphasis on contemporary design, composing of both disturbing and surprising multi-layered collages which sugar-coat darker issues in a graphic simplicity. Maria has exhibited at art fairs in London, New York, San Francisco and Toronto and her work is held in many private collections in Britain, USA and Europe.
Maria herself says, “Butterflies flutter, but it's also a term used in England for betting, putting a bet on or having a flutter. Investment bankers bet on anything/everything. The butterfly is a symbol of our soul (amongst other things). Psyche is also old Greek for Butterfly. So, it's all about money, greed and betting God save our souls!”
The image is a detail of "Doing God's Work," screen print with 22 carat gold leaf and currency