Artist Statement

Moments, bodies, memories are fading. You will fail to recall what you saw, what you heard, sometimes even what you did. But did you ever forget how someone made you feel?

 

In her paintings and large-sized charcoal drawings, Marie Genicot (°1993) explores a variety of human emotions. She regards emotions not just as a mirror of the soul, but also as a power and uniqueness to paint her personal journey and stories. To capture this myriad of feelings, she works with various media ranging from oil painting, over watercolors to unique techniques of the Flemish Primitives, the world of fashion, and couture.

 

From the age of 10, her youthful curiosity and creative explorations led her to picture her own sensitivity and express her emotions through art. Marie studied Fashion Design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp. Later on, she refined her painting skills. While achieving a Master Degree in History of Art, she decided to follow and trust her dream. Marie established her own atelier. A large panel of people were immediately attracted and captivated by her subjects and particular style. Her audience is impressed by the mysterious, fragile and intimate aspects of her work.

 

Marie’s intriguing and suggestive paintings face the spectator with familiar emotions. But emotions that are often too challenging to express. Balancing not only between mere happiness and naïve hope, but also encompassing darkness and despair. Delicate portraits and scenes invite to a confrontation with the inner self. They evoke beauty often merged with pain, but above all display the unsaid and unshown. Marie’s paintings are born from moments and fragments in life – an experience, a newspaper picture, an unfinished dialogue, a piece of cloth or random artefact, which are then reworked and deepened. They are the result of a long and iterative process of collecting, drawing and painting; but above all, a product of a dialogue between mind and soul.

 

In the end, Marie Genicot discloses what we do not like the outside world to see, but what often brings us all together.    

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