Artist Cinta Vidal turns buildings on their sides in a series of surreal architecture paintings. In her reimagined worlds, major metropolises are topsy-turvy as residences and skyscrapers are arranged in compositions akin to M.C. Escher paintings. It’s not just the structures that are sideways and upside down, but the people, too. Yet they carry on with life as normal, acting as if nothing is strange about it.
Gravity is something we don’t have to think about—that’s just how the world is. Vidal’s willingness to forgo this “sacred law” is what makes her work so beguiling. Beyond the aesthetic qualities, however, her inverted architecture is meant to symbolize human nature and what it means to live among other people. “I set elements in different orientations in order to talk about the different points of view we all have in our environments,” she tells My Modern Met. “We will never be able to see all points of view at the same time. They all exist, but we must choose one, and I think this happens constantly in life.”
Scroll down to see works from Vidal’s most recent exhibition, Urban, which recently concluded at the Beinart Gallery in Melbourne, Australia.