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T
he unique acrylic and paper collages of
Samantha Perreaz
(“SAM”)
delve into the mystery and sensuousness of the natural
world. SAM pares her work down to a few essential, bold strokes
that function across several levels. Each piece has a dramatic three-
dimensional structure, varying from collaged relief on canvas to
pure sculpture made from paper and wire. She maintains a reduced
palette, often using no more than one or two tones and exploring
the effect of opposing colors on emotional and compositional
movement.
It is in subject that this pared-down aesthetic is at its most deceptive.
SAM places one carefully chosen image at the center of her frame
and invites us to pay attention; to see all the symbolic possibilities
within and consider the relevance of the shape to the real world.
One work shows the murky silhouette of a woman crawling out of
a broken heart; another is simply a collection of beautiful paper
poppies, perfectly constructed to be both poetic and strangely
uniform. SAM takes organic forms and abstracts them even further,
to combine nature’s eloquence with man’s curiosity.
SAM was born in France, of Swiss origin, and today lives in Geneva,
where she has recently begun to exhibit her work.
Rose Noire Acrylic & Paper on Canvas 47” x 39.5”
Samantha Perreaz “SAM”
“M
y process,” say
s Violette Cici
, “begins with choosing an
image—one that I love, one that inspires me.” The images
that she loves take on many forms, from historical photographs
to computer graphics to images framed in such a way that they
become abstractions. The artist then performs her personal magic
upon those images, using a creatively applied color palette. “I am
very sensitive to colors,” she notes, “and I feel the colors in my art
allow me to vibrate to another level.” In her work, she achieves
a complex balance between color and composition. A historical
image will be transformed by a psychedelic color scheme, while
other images take on a ghostly appearance by being rendered in
black and white.
Cici’s giclée prints have such varied inspirations as emoticons
and old movies, but they all share a feeling of openness and
spontaneity. “The transformation,” she says, “has to be quick, like
when you take a photo.” The resulting images mix freedom with
a sense of symmetry and proportion, creating a world that brims
with the artist’s energy, but leaves the viewer space to find his
or her own meaning. “To stay open to others’ realities, to always
leave a question mark,” she says, “is part of my message.”
LSD Emoticons Divided Giclee Print on Paper 15” x 15”
Violette Cici
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