September 18 to December 11, 2016
A great admirer of classical art, painter Marie Montiel is fascinated by living things. Whether they be human or animal, living subjects convey a certain emotion, fragility and sensitivity that is uniquely their own. This individuality is conveyed through the artist’s choice of pigments, thinners and drying oils, applied in thin layers, which create opaque and transparent effects, impasto (paint applied thickly) or glazes, breathing life into her images.
alter ego is a compassionate look at the links between animals and humans, their characteristics, their differences and the rights they accord to one another. The distinct relationship between the two invites the viewer to reflect on the role of animals in our society and the respect that we give them.
Fragile and yet strong, humans and animals coexist in this state of duality – in effect mirroring one another. When viewed one beside the other, the alter ego series of paintings brings out the visual and emotional similarities between human beings and animals, casting a sensitive light on the relationship between the two.