from March 7 to June 18 2017
As usual, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature invites certain artists to insert their creations in the permanent collections. In the very marked context of an 18th century mansion, contemporary works exist differently. They play on the contrast with the museum's theme or on the formal proximity with the ancient weapons, the hunting trophies or the collection of 18th century French paintings.
(Automatically translated with Google Translate)
Born in 1979 in Maisons-Alfort and graduated from the Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2006, Marlène Mocquet has accepted the invitation and has installed about fifty works from her enchanted world (more than twenty sculptures made mainly at the Manufacture de Sèvres and more than twenty paintings and drawings occupy the first and second floor rooms).
It is a whole small mocking and cruel people who come to bustle or romp under the peaceful gaze of the naturalized animals hanging on the walls. With a grating comicality that evokes the world of Hieronymus Bosch, they engage in activities whose meaning escapes us. It is a question of painting and devouring, of monsters and carelessness. The art of Marlene Mocquet has a falsely childish character. Provided with big eyes and disproportionate heads, the characters could come out of a schoolgirl's notebook. They come however to live a mental landscape of a big complexity.
In a virtuoso exercise of improvisation, the artist gives life to accidental forms, to spots investing the support in a random way. Who has not already tried to recognize moving figures in the clouds? Marlène Mocquet proceeds thus. Taking support on the scrapings and the runnings smearing her paintings, she punctuates them of details meticulously figured which reveal the forms by giving them a plastic coherence. The smallest stain becomes the starting point of a real odyssey, the most insignificant spurt defines the line to follow to unroll the threads of fantastic tales.