Wherever she is in residence, she introduces into her works of art the ways that local media – from glossy fashion magazines to official news channels – are received.
For the last 2 years hybrid creatures appears in the more than life size drawings where tribal masks and animal skeleton heads are mixed with mythical figures of strong women and men clothed in fashionable and elegant outfits referring to popular youth cultures such as the rockers and hip hop scenes.
During her residency in Paris last year Schleiffert was fascinated by the tribal masks she saw in the Musée du quai Branly and 18th century Baroque/Rococo cloathing introduced by Madame de Pompadour and Marie Antoinette, extravaganza ending in the flames of the French revolution.
The large new drawings Schleiffert created are presenting hybrid creatures in splendid Rococo dresses with tribal masks-heads.
The last months Schleiffert created sculptures where plaster bones and heads, inspired by animal skeletons, are mixed with drawings of tribal masks and Samurai warrior outfits. Again Schleiffert found her inspration in the Musée Nationale d’Histoire Naturelle of Paris.
“The Pongo pygmaeus, Morus bassanus and comrades” exhibition in the Annie Gentils Gallery will focus on this new evolution in Schleiffert’s art.
Charlotte Schleiffert was born in Tilburg, The Netherlands, in 1967 and lives and works in Rotterdam and Xiamen (China). She received her training at the Koninklijke Academie voor Kunst en Vormgeving in ’s-Hertogenbosch, and at Ateliers ’63 in Haarlem (1990-1992, student of Jan Dibbets). Individual exhibitions include: Rozen en Pistolen, Museum Het Domein Sittard (NL), 2011, Feel No Shame, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 2004; Kunstverein Glückstadt, 2006.
In 1999, Schleiffert received the Prix de Rome for painting.
In her work, Marie Cloquet
expresses a deep fascination for peculiar structures.
Whether natural or man-made ones. One of her first artistic projects consisted of a photo series of huts and shelter structures that appear in the landscape (2000-2001).
More recently, Marie Cloquet has created large labour-intensive collages that form a fictitious landscape, using prints of self-made photographs touched-up with watercolour. A number of travels to Nouadhibou in African Mauritania inspired the works. The more than three hundred shipwrecks, slowly rusting away, have turned Nouadhibou’s coastline into an immense ship graveyard.
Many ships have deteriorated to the point where only a skeleton remains.
Some of the wrecks lie beached on the shore; others are still floating in open sea.
Marie Cloquet is fascinated by the chaos and the ‘deteriorated’ state of most of the ships, which turns the landscape into an apocalyptic vision.
As with the huts and shelters before, Marie Cloquet explores the Nouadhibou landscape in search of sculptural qualities which originate, somehow coincidentally, in the tension field that lies between chaos and structure.
The ship wrecks are – much like the huts – protective shells, which have, however, been stripped of their meaning by the forces of nature and been recreated into chaotic constellations that possess new formal qualities.
The way in which she creates a landscape in her collages, makes it hard for the spectator to grasp the build-up of the whole. What at first glance looks like a uniform landscape becomes, upon closer inspection, a complex landscapish composition into which one looses oneself through the act of observing. The scale distortions and the various perspective lines turn the collages into visually disorientating experiences whose function systematically varies according to one’s distance from the work. In this way, the collages challenge the spectator into a mental adventure, in which the apparent escapist character of the landscapes becomes threatened by current social themes such as pollution and poverty.
Nouadhibou is Marie Cloquet’s first solo exhibition in the Annie Gentils Gallery.
Marie Cloquet is born in Gent, Belgium in 1976 and lives and works in Gent.
She received her training at the school of fine arts: hogeschool voor wetenschap en kunst, St-Lucas Gent BE (1994-1998).
Marie Cloquet had a solo show “Picture this” at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in 2010 and participated at the goupshow “Jonge Vlaamse Meesters”, Hermitage Amsterdam, in 2011.
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