LE MUY ÉTÉ 2020
The Domaine du Muy is pleased to welcome the young French artist Marie Hazard on the occasion of its first residency program. This inaugural residency is also a milestone for the artist, marking her return to France since her first exhibition in Paris in 2015.
For the past five years, Marie Hazard’s artistic works have centred on weaving, but they have also more broadly incorporated drawing. Their hanging also allows us to appreciate the notion of installation in her work.
Marie Hazard weaves. Marie Hazard draws.
The works in this exhibition are woven paper, polyester, and linen. Before weaving, Marie Hazard sketches out her work in two dimensions through drawing, which clearly influences the technical and artistic results on the piece. Drawing is an inherent part of the creative process, and is directly integrated into the weaving. These drawings are made with dry and oil pastels, except for one in coloured pencil.
Marie Hazard spent her residency at Domaine de Muy without her loom. She absorbed the environment around her before returning to her studio to transcribe it into her work from memory, recreating colours from her mind’s eye; reminiscences of scent and light. This concept of memory is the warp and weft of the exhibition: abstract impressions of southern France as the place where Marie Hazard spent her childhood. This time there is no text, no words or images, no figurative elements; only a multitude of abstract colours blurred, mixed, diffused, and dispersed: a jumble of shapes and patterns. During that particular period of suspended animation that was the spring 2020, Marie Hazard wove every one of the pieces presented here: an obsessive, Herculean undertaking, the completion of which marked the end of that term of solitude and confinement. The artist, provoked and inspired and by the light and colours of Provence, conceived of this body of work as abstract tableaux, providing ample room for uncertainty and the unknown.