The young French painter Johanna Dumet transforms Room #2 into a Moroccan carpet bazar. The paintings, hung on the wall or lying on the floor, belong to her most recent series 'Portraits of Carpets'. Painted with oil on rabbit-glue coated linen, these works are inspired Berber carpets and their vivid colours and graphic patterns.
In her 'Portraits of Carpets' Dumet questions the relationship between abstract and figurative painting, and the role that the viewer plays in it. 'When you see these paintings for the first time, they seem abstract, but when you read the title, they turn into an actual depiction of an object, they become figurative.' explains the artist.
Freed from their wooden structures, the paintings mimic the rugs that they represent without adopting their function; they are portraits. Both the colours and patterns derive entirely from traditional Berber tapestries, but they have lost their meaning. The symbols, which originally describe the lives of the weavers, become abstract for the beholder who cannot read them.
Johanna Dumet was born in 1991 in Gueret, France. She lives and works in Berlin.
Trained as a fashion designer—which still very much forms her work—she only started painting, auto-didactically, in 2012. Solo exhibitions of her works have recently been held at Fichtezwei, Berlin (2019), at the Gamle Redningshus, Anholt (2019) and III Galleries, Berlin (2016).
Johanna Dumet opens her studio in the historic Villa Heike in Berlin—Hohenschönhausen regularly to the public.
Press release courtesy KEWENIG.