Full Artist's statement
Marion Colomer’s figurative paintings offer an interpretative vision of desire, loss, and intimacy, through an exploration of the world and the ways that bodies interact within it. Colomer’s work is rooted in questions of boundaries; between the sensual and the pornographic, between life and death, between toxicity and pleasure. As such, each painting turns the viewer toward the “other.” Her paintings utilize oxymoron, oscillating in constant tension between presence and absence. Her work also explores the concept of tradition, in its ability to be both beautiful and stifling. Colomer's paintings reflect an interest in the knowledge and practices of traditional crafts that have coded and marked domestic spaces as feminine. In her treatment of these handcrafts, ornamentation is rendered in layers of gendered regulation that reveal the bitter and acerbic meaning beneath the beautiful surface. To see embroidered crafts meant to signify love adorned instead with clichés of family life reveals the hollow, even entrapping, undertone to domestic life.
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On another level, Traditional painting technique and still life subjects join naturalist drawings and handicrafts, or embroidery. Colomer utilizes mixed medium to convey the depth of these questions, deploying perfume, embroidery, sequins, etc. Through this collision of tradition, performance, and longing, Colomer`s work examines gender and confinement through the progression of a relationship. In its broadest conception, Colomer`s work is an investigation of historical norms of heterosexual romance in the West, whether in terms of embroidered pieces for a trousseau, or the Edenic lush jungle of lust and melancholia.