Marie Cloquet - Obstacles

Opening of the in Genth based Marie Cloquet's second solo exhibition at our gallery Sunday March 12th. The exhibition is on view through Aprl 30th

Both fragile and evocative, the body of work of Marie Cloquet (1976) captures the duality of lateral worlds and the battle between harmony and failure, a practice she calls “Collateral damage.
In search for harmony I regularly run into complete failure. The idea of a place where less would be more mostly comes out to threatening poverty. So far, the interesting point consists in turning failure into a starting point, as is working on a constant redefinition of periphery and marginality.

I glance sideways to the things that surround us. We strive for a kind of world in which so many elements are rejected and renounced. Still they remain existent. Many of my works contain ‘Nouadhibou’ in their title. Nouadhibou is a port city in Western Africa. Along with the beauty of its wide, white sandy beaches I found a harsh, rejected society. The intersection of the splendour and the rugged life struck me. I realised it’s actually a parallel world, where people and progress get stuck. My work aims to put this concern to light, and to share it with others.
I collect my impressions through photographs, and use these images like sketches. The rough and blurry prints I make in my darkroom serve as elements for the mental reconstruction I want tot achieve. As the prints are made on drawing paper with a light-sensitive emulsion, I am able to use watercolour to paint on and over the prints. By bringing various images together, scale distortions and different perspective lines, the work becomes a new entity on its own.
there are two decisive elements that were crucial for my development as an artist, the first one being the omnipresence of architecture in my family, a profession I once wanted to pursue, which was my entry ticket to art school. The second one is my father’s passion for photography. I started using his camera when I was 8 years old. I still use it up to this day, as photography is my preferred way of sketching.
Although I live and work in Belgium, my main concern is the world and the raging chain of events that never seem to stop. I guess the challenge is to know your roots, be able to use what has been done before you and to propel all of that in a wider context.

Although I live and work in Belgium, my main concern is the world and the raging chain of events that never seem to stop. I guess the challenge is to know your roots, be able to use what has been done before you and to propel all of that in a wider context.

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