Artist: Marie Denise Douyon
Dimensions: 24 x 24 inches
In 2018, during a three months residency in Bermuda, Marie-Denise Douyon explored new materials. Collecting debris, discharges and sea waste, the artist created a series of works inspired by the island's natural resources and its inhabitants.
While living in Bermuda, she became friendly with a Bermudian woman, who would pose as her model. Douyon created a series of oil and turpentine-based portraits of her new friend.
The artworks made during this time reveal a bright palette ranging from royal blues to turquoise shimmers. One of her portraits is part of the Bermuda Masterwork Museum collection.
Marie-Denise Douyon is a Canadian painter, illustrator and graphic artist. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Africa. Douyon was born in Haiti but fled the Duvalier regime with her parents in 1964, and eventually settled in Morocco in 1966. She completed a visual arts degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology of New York in Manhattan, New York City. After Jean-Claude Duvalier fell from power in 1986, Douyon returned to Haiti. In the early 1990s, she was arrested, tortured and imprisoned by Haiti's military junta, but was released on February 7, 1991 as part of a general amnesty of Haitian political prisoners. Since 1991, Douyon has lived and worked in Montreal, Quebec. Douyon's work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Canada, France, the United States and in the Caribbean. In 2004, her work was shown at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Douyon integrates found and discarded objects into her art to "reinforce a social collective consciousness" regarding global warming and consumer culture. Her work also references her multicultural identity and African heritage.
As a visual artist, I have participated in several artistic projects, exhibitions, fairs and conferences which allowed me to develop the following skills in: - participating in the setting of exhibitions and working with the light engineers, curators, media and public relation agents; - greeting the public, helping and answering their questions related to the exhibition; - solving unexpected issues and providing adapted solutions rapidly. In 2011 I was recently commissioned by the city of Montreal and the MICC, immigration Ministry to produce a documentary on Haitian refugees of the earthquake. Lastly, I believe that Contemporary Art plays a major role in the social fabric of our societies and that the artist, by his intellectual function can intervene and engage himself in the social debate by denouncing, raising critical or questioning current issues.
The phenomenal and thriving artist Lina Iris Viktor will present her first major museum exhibit at The New Orleans Museum of Art, opening this fall. Titled Lina Iris Viktor: A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred, the installation will be on display from October 5th, 2018 through January 6th, 2019.
A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred will feature an entirely new body of work created by Viktor that investigates the narratives surrounding America’s involvement in the founding of Liberia. Throughout the exhibit, the artist reimagines the rich history of Liberia’s colonial past. “Liberia appears in Viktor’s re-imagining as a kind of paradise lost, and as a cautionary tale,” said Allison Young, an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow of Contemporary Art. “At the same time, her work transcends this narrative, revealing how examples of visual culture—from Dutch Wax fabrics to national emblems to gestures in the history of portraiture—exist as remnants of these colonial histories.”
Based in New York, the British-Liberian artist is highly known for her luxurious large-scale paintings and installations that are adorned with gold and include references to both modern and traditional West African culture.
“NOMA is pleased to present Lina Iris Viktor’s exhibition, and to foreground a lesser-known history of which the American South was a part,” said Susan Taylor, NOMA’s Montine McDaniel Freeman Director. “In this series, Viktor offers her unique perspective on a complex and multifaceted history.”
Programs related to the exhibition feature conversations led by Lina Iris Viktor and Allison Young, a film series, and a special talk with Viktor and curator Renée Mussai. For more information, please visit NOMA READ MORE........