Edel Assanti in association with Karsten Schubert is pleased to present Le Monde Moderne, an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Ann-Marie James.
Ann-Marie James's works explore her fascination with transformation, metamorphosis and the representation of corporal form. In Le Monde Moderne, James turns her focus to the work of early twentieth–century art nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha, focusing in particular on his best-known drawings of the actress Sarah Bernhardt.
Reformulating Mucha's depiction of the female figure, James makes sketches from sections of the artist's drawings, in turn using software to replicate, alter and layer them. These images are then laser-engraved onto wooden boards and overlayered with ink, acrylic and oil paint. Through this multifaceted process, James revisits works of the past and translates their forms into pure gestural texture and abstract motion.
In addition to her paintings, the exhibition includes a selection ink and acrylic drawings, executed directly on the plates of the antique bound book of Mucha’s works. These works illustrate the transition elicited by James’ process, often stemming from depictions of the female form via the male gaze. Something of the control that Mucha progressively relinquished to his female models is echoed in James’ deconstructed derivations; at once a tribute and an act of adaptation, James forces the subtlety of form to centre stage.
Press release courtesy Karsten Schubert.
Lee Sharrock talks to artist Ann-Marie James about her solo exhibition Le Monde Moderne at Edel Assanti. Since graduating with an MA in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art in 2012, James has exhibited in London, Paris, Italy and Japan, and won a scholarship to the British School at Rome. The Edel Assanti solo exhibition in association with...