Signature of the catalog by the artist
of the exhibition
A catalog is published on the occasion of the exhibition at Editions du Regard with Julia Garimorth, Henri François Lebailleux, and Alain Tapié.
As usual, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature invites certain artists to come and insert their creations in the permanent collections. In the very marked context of an XNUMXth century mansion, contemporary works exist differently. They play on the contrast with the theme of the museum or the formal proximity to ancient weapons, hunting trophies or the collection of French paintings from the XNUMXth century.
Born in 1979 in Maisons-Alfort and graduated from the Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2006, Marlène Mocquet accepted the invitation and installed around fifty works from her enchanted world (more than twenty sculptures made mostly at the Sèvres factory and more than twenty paintings and drawings occupy the rooms on the first and second floors).
It's a whole mocking and cruel little people who come to bustle or frolic under the peaceful gaze of stuffed animals hanging on the walls. With a creaking humor that evokes the universe of Hieronymus Bosch, he engages in activities whose meaning escapes us. It is about painting and devouring, monsters and recklessness. Marlène Mocquet's art has a deceptively childish character. With big eyes and disproportionate heads, the characters could come out of a school notebook. Yet they come to inhabit a mental landscape of great complexity.
In a virtuoso improvisational exercise, the artist brings to life accidental shapes, spots that randomly invest the medium. Who has not tried to recognize moving figures in the clouds? Marlène Mocquet does this. Drawing on the scrapes and drips staining her canvases, she punctuates them with minutely figured details that reveal the shapes by giving them a plastic consistency. The slightest stain becomes the starting point of a real odyssey, the most innocuous squirt defines the line to be followed to unroll the threads of fantastic tales.
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