Marie Le Lievre
Robin Neate, An accessory for Abstraction - The Paintings of Marie Le Lievre, MFA catalogue, 2008.
In Marie Le Lievre's paintings Freudian theories of psychosexual sublimation arise from the deep shadowy pools of paint to mingle with totemic embodiments of power, prestige and the desire to shop.
On its twisting, side stepping, back flipping acrobatic journey. This figurative intervention coupled with amorphous abstract forms not only repackages and updates colour fields stylistic tendencies but also brings to the fore psychological and sociological associations. Notions of neurosis, consumerism and gender and revealed along side already present symbolic and phenomenological readings fostered by a abstract veiling and layering of colour. Leaving paintings that are open ended and engaging enough to both invite and yet defy final analysis.