NEW WORK BY CHRISTINE MOTTAU TO OPEN ON MARCH 27th 2012 at the CERES GALLERY NYC.
The Ceres Gallery presents Imaginary Floreo, a solo exhibition of new drawings and paper sculptures by Artist Christine Mottau. The Show opens on March 27th 2012 and runs until April 21st. The opening reception is Thursday evening March 29th from 6-8pm.
“This work is like a breath of fresh air for me” says Mottau, who’s work has been deeply rooted in pure abstraction for many years. “This show is exciting because it is about fantasy and imagination, and I am also working three dimensionally for the first time”.
Although the subject of this exhibition is semi- representational, a kind of “magical realism’ which is a departure from Mottau’s last several show’s of abstract drawings at Ceres, The work is consistent with the technical obsessiveness , and attention to detail that she is known for.
This work is about the context of imagination for creating a fantasy world. The flowers are interpreted from memory, not actual depictions of existing species. They reflect the historical influence of the portraiture like studies made by the European Botanical Artists of the turn of the century.
The Colored Pencil drawings are spontaneous and direct, and focus on the fantastical fluidity of line. The waxy medium of the pencil gives a sheen and vibrancy to the color. Both the line and gesture of the drawings inform the paper sculpture. In these reliefs the flowers grow without restraint, beyond the boundaries of the frames. The paper sculptures and drawings are made from the same French rag paper. The flowers are hand formed, each petal, hand cut, shaped and adhered with an archival glue. There is a focus on beauty in these pieces, they are aesthetically elegant and joyous. “ I started the series of drawings in February 2011. In the harsh North East winter, drawing flowers from my imagination was a gorgeous escape, and making the paper flowers became little worlds of their own. As in all of my work, the concept for this exhibition emerged from the materiality of the process, where my imagination and sub conscious lead the way.”
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