Creative Mind: Samara Golden
Sitting at the intersection of art, architecture, and theater, the L.A. talent creates immersive environments that transport the viewer to a new dimension
Sitting at the intersection of art, architecture, and theater, Samara Golden creates immersive, spatial environments that transport the viewer to a new dimension, distorting any sense of linear time and space. In early 2022, Golden dazzled audiences in Los Angeles at Night Gallery North with her exhibition “Guts.” It consisted of a monumental, mirrored chamber that created the illusion of a skyscraper. Each of the multiple floors offered a dizzying, dystopian array of images, from snakes and crabs to twisted, painted sculptures of viscera.
“I’m making an illusion, an impossible space, a place that can’t be accessed in real life on earth, but it’s a space that feels real, a mirage that includes vertigo—something you can feel in your body,” says the L.A. creative. “In some ways, I think about the pieces as psychological architecture; the physical structure becomes a framework on which to hang ideas and emotions.”
“I think about the pieces as psychological architecture; the physical structure becomes a framework on which to hang ideas and emotions”samara golden
Inspirations: “I am really inspired by quantum physics and how it dares to organize a way of looking at time and space. I also get obsessed with specific things like reading medical journals, comparing the pigments and textures of lipsticks, or the reason we like to listen to certain people’s voices.”
Up next: A solo museum exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas in late 2023.
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2023 Spring Issue under the headline “Creative Minds.” Subscribe to the magazine.