A therapy session for unhappy artworks



We invited comedian Miriam Elia to present a personal take on the Rodchenko & Popova exhibition at Tate Modern. The result is this sketch. As Miriam explains: “Shapes featuring in Russian Constructivist paintings often suffer from anxiety disorders, distress and problems relating to other shapes. This short film is an extract from a longer sequence of therapy sessions, where shapes from Popova’s paintings made a positive decision to try and develop a workable relationship. Their natural asymmetry had led to almost irreconcilable differences, and it was a HUGE step forward to even have them sitting in the same room.” Miriam Elia is a fully qualified AAC (Asymmetrical Abstract–shape Counsellor), who trained at the London College of Varying Degrees. She is also a stand-up comedian, and a contributor to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Arturart’. Contains strong language.