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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

"Alice" in the group show "Drawing Expanse" at Space 4 Art

Alice, installation of 9 drawings mounted on boards,
11x14" or 11"x7.5" each board

This is the Alice series, part of the show "Drawing Expanse" at Space 4 Art. I was finishing to work on the book "Alice in Wonderland" when I received the call for entries to participate to the show and I decided to submit two series of nine drawings.

Here's the statement I sent with the series:
My drawings are about interpreting a complex world using a spontaneous medium.
Economical / simple means and simple materials matter.
The process is about resisting the speed/experiencing slowness and loving “hands on” making.

In my practice, I am using a variety of medium (traditional and nontraditional) and drawings on paper is a thread through my work, using personal experience, words, signs, appropriating popular tales like Alice in Wonderland (Alice’s installation of drawings) or exploring current science topic like genetic manipulation (Biodiversity Series) . They usually go in series, and they are often mixed with other media (painted walls, video).

photo Lori Lipsman

I did not go to San Diego to see the show and I regret it. C'est la vie.

I worked on double pages or single pages, which, in the end represents half of the book. I may buy another book, to work the back of the pages! I did not decide yet.

I really enjoyed reading each page and deciding which words or full sentences to keep and whiten the rest with paint. Then, layer by layer, with acrylic and finally washed black ink, I created my version of Alice in Wonderland.

I did not want to frame the work, so I mounted each drawing on a wooden board, which is tricky because there is not much time to rectify a mistake (like a bubble!) when the medium starts to dry.

I wanted the viewer to have a direct contact with the work and because it is presented as a puzzle, I wanted the eye to go freely from one drawing to another.
I'd love to have the opportunity to show the whole series one day.

I am excited to explore different paths (and these days I am going many paths: see The Billboard Project, Defragmentation, the videos). I am embracing the diversity in me! I do not want to be enclosed in a box. As long as I am true to myself, I can go anywhere, and I have the feeling that many artists these days are thinking the same way.
Vive la liberte!

Space 4 Art
325 15th Street (between J and K)
San Diego, CA

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
Space4Art on Facebook
Phone: 619-269-7230

Drawing Expanse
Show Runs: June 11, 2011, to July 17, 2011


steve gibson said...

Nice transition from the video. I like your verve in the quest for enlightenment.

Michele Guieu said...

Thank you Steve!
The journey is exciting: playing, being surprised and above all, enjoying it very much :)