WE are an island

(Nous sommes une île)

an exhibition by
 

Florence Metgé

8 April to 8 May 2015
Alliance Francaise, Eildon Gallery, 51 Grey Street ST KILDA.
Free admission


The Alliance Française is delighted to present Florence Metgé's exhibition, a reflexion on Man's isolation - or insulation.

View the exhibition catalogue
 

Artist's Statement

“I paint like you would write but, where words are ineffective, painting can let you feel the ambiguity of human relations; this is at the heart of my exploration.

Alone, as a couple or a group (rarely), man (or woman) is dependent on his (her) isolation, his (her) solitude; due to communication difficulties.  The internet doesn't solve anything.

Unquestionably narrative painting, my canvases tell stories. But because of their ambiguous nature, they can be perceived as light or serious depending on the personality and experience of the onlooker; reflecting their image like a mirror, like Narcissus looking in the water.

I am not, however, trying to obtain this result through lightness of tone or meticulous glazing.  On the contrary, I often paint characters with flat bright colours surrounded more or less randomly with black lines. The result is a style of painting which is vibrant and dynamic; cheerful even.

The title was inspired by the solitude of human beings, lost in the crowd, isolated like an island in the middle of the ocean; like Australia was for a long time.”


"Je peins comme on écrirait mais là où les mots sont inopérants, la peinture peut donner à sentir toute l'ambiguïté des relations humaines car c'est là que se trouve le nœud de mon exploration.
Seul, en couple ou en groupe (rarement), l'homme (ou la femme) est tributaire de son isolement, de sa solitude dus à la difficulté de communication. Internet ne résout rien.

Peinture narrative incontestablement, mes toiles racontent des histoires. Mais par leur caractère équivoque, elles peuvent être perçues comme légères ou graves selon la personnalité et le vécu de celui qui lui fait face, s'y reflétant ainsi qu'en un miroir, ainsi que Narcisse au bord de l'onde.

Je ne cherche cependant pas à obtenir ce résultat par la légèreté des tons ou par des glacis méticuleux. Au contraire, je peins souvent par aplats de couleurs vives des personnages cernés plus ou moins aléatoirement de traits noirs, obtenant une peinture résolument tonique et dynamique, voire gaie.

Le titre m'a été inspiré par la solitude des êtres humains, perdus dans la foule, isolés comme l'île au milieu de l'océan, comme le fut longtemps l'Australie."

About the Artist

From the time she was born, Florence Metgé has divided her time between her native France and countries abroad. After studying computer science, she decided to devote herself entirely to Art after she moved to West Africa with her family.

While living in Ivory Coast, she studied with instructors in Fine Arts as well as with traditional sculptors. The results of her work during this period were presented at many solo exhibitions in Abidjan from 1990 onward.

In 2001, having moved to Paris, she completed a Master's degree in Art History at the Sorbonne and also obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Aesthetics.

Using a rich and colourful palette, Florence Metgé expresses herself in a style that is both expressionist and narrative. She finds her inspiration in the complexity of human relationships with all their ambiguities and all that is left unsaid. An artist of a delicate and sensitive nature, she expresses feelings and emotions of surprising power and intensity.

She currently divides her time between workshops in Paris, the South of France and Melbourne.

Sur l'artiste

Dès sa naissance en 1952, Florence Metgé partage sa vie entre la France et l'étranger. Après une première orientation scientifique, elle part en Afrique et décide de se consacrer entièrement à l'art.

Lors de son séjour en Côte d'Ivoire, elle reçoit une formation artistique aussi bien auprès des enseignants des Beaux-Arts que des sculpteurs traditionnels. Ses premières expositions personnelles ont lieu à Abidjan durant les années 1990-2000.

En 2001, elle s'installe à Paris où elle peut compléter sa formation par une maitrise d'histoire de l'art à la Sorbonne et une licence d'esthétique.
Usant d'une palette très colorée, Florence Metgé, s'exprime dans un style expressionniste et narratif. Elle trouve son inspiration dans la complexité des relations humaines avec leurs ambiguïtés et leurs non-dits. Artiste d'une nature délicate et sensible, son œuvre exprime des sentiments d'une densité étonnante.

Actuellement, elle partage son activité entre les ateliers de Paris, du Gard et de Melbourne.


More details on Florence Metgé's official website.


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