Piece of the Story – Featuring the Work of Marie Gauthiez
Edited by Larry Janezich
Making Sense of Emotional Chaos and Distress
“I see my work as fragments of conversation without a direct interlocutor. I question the difficult moments in our relationships with others and how they affect our emotional and physical selves.
I also observe the life course of organic shapes, drawing their change of state in the transition from live to dead. I either isolate them or regroup them to create or release tension, as if they were mimicking human behaviors. Those works tend to be more abstract.
I mostly work in 2-D – painting, drawing, printing. I collage old photographs, use acrylic or oil, on paper or on wood. I have little care for the materialistic aspect of the creation, but I deeply respect its psychological aspect – the invitation to bring forth the latent truth in the mind of the artist.”
Of the two aspects of Gauthiez’ recent work exhibited in her solo show at Barracks Row’s Tabula Rasa on October 17, the first was inspired by the transformation of orchids in a vase in her studio as they moved from freshness to dried papery tissue; the second is linked to the myth of Leda, the mortal seduced by Zeus in the form of a swan. The latter series questions the roles played and the tensions that exist in the relationships between women and men. Gartheiz’ website and contact information can be found here: www.mariegauthiez.squarespace.com
The Tabula Rasa show was curated by Elizabeth Grazioli of ArtSee, Washington DC. ArtSee is a DC fire arts agency which helps artists connect with those who appreciate art.
Capitol Hill Corner features the works of local artists in an occasional feature entitled “Piece of the Story.” Artists interested in participating should email firstname.lastname@example.org.