• Rosslyn
  • when did you write your last love letter?

    … Mia Florentine Weiss writes one every year, with her own blood.

    The idea of resurrecting the fine art of letter writing arose through her communication with her pen-friend and fellow artist Jonathan Meese—a man still opposed to mobile phones. Weiss and Meese have maintained their platonic affair for years, and Weiss’s letters provide the basis for her “Love Letters” series. The title of the performance is a question addressed to us all: When did YOU write your last love letter?

    In order to document the authenticity of her works, the artist has been withdrawing and stockpiling blood at regular intervals. The blood is being stored in a blood-bank fridge at her studio. While symbolizing her heart, the blood also alludes to the artist’s dedication to her work. The goal of this action was draw as much blood as possible for her poetry tank: an illuminated tank whose cover shows an image of Jesus as he would have appeared after his crucifixion. The tank thus also pays homage to the Italian artist Andrea Mantegna. The theme reoccurs in the performance “Female Jesus” staged in a hotel room in Moscow. At this performance, the artist lies like a corpse at the scene of a crime. But instead of being covered in blood, the poem “The kiss of snow is cold” appears written upon her body (Poem Clip Nr. 1 in her video work “What is your place of protection?”).

    The removal of blood has become Weiss’s own mania. In addition to the “Poetry Tank,” still more litres of blood have flowed into her installations. The series of protective shields, the sword of the “Warrior for Love,” the “Big Love Letter,” and several other pictures and photographs have been inscribed with her blood.

  • Bloody poetry

  • poetry tank

    poetry tank

    Not for sale

  • Triology Of Lights

    Triology Of Lights

    2008
    LED Schilder und Schwert mit Einkerbungen
    gefüllt mit dem Herzblut
    der Künstlerin |
    LED shields and sword with notches filled
    with artist’s heartblood
    105 x 186 cm | 41.34 x 73.23 in

  • Police Shields

    Police Shields

    Please Don´t Touch (touching can harm the art)
    5 individual police shields
    2008
    Polizeischutzschilder mit
    Herzblut der Künstlerin,
    Prints auf Archivleinwand |
    police shields with artist´s
    heart blood, prints on
    archival canvas
    5-teilig | in 5 parts
    je 110 x 55 cm |
    each 43.3 x 21.65 in

  • Madonna (Warrior For Love)

    Madonna (Warrior For Love)

    2011
    Antike Madonna-Statue mit
    LED Schild und Schwert mit
    Herzblut der Künstlerin |
    antique Madonna statue with
    LED shield and sword with
    artist’s heartblood
    120 x 100 cm | 47.24 x 39.37 in

    Link:
    https://vimeo.com/42276610

  • Love Letter

    Love Letter

    2012
    Herzblut der Künstlerin auf
    Acrylglas |
    artist’s heart blood on acrylic
    glass
    85 x 112 cm | 33.46 x 44.09 in

  • XXL Love Letter

    XXL Love Letter

    LED Mash