The work that develops and leads Marianne Mispelaëre is a practice through which the body - the artist's body - inscribes himself in a rhythm by which he leaves his own trace in the space. A poetic body which, by the use of simple, precise and repetitive movements, choreographs our everyday life's temporality. In her practice, the artist sets up a repertory of gestures through which she enters in resistance with the hectic pace of our lives by putting her own self in a rhythm made from her own breathing. Sensitive and personal gestures by which Marianne is committed to "do, undo and repeat..."
The time of the work is the time of the artist before it becomes the time of the viewer. An intimate time linked to the personal pleasure of drawing, which is then exposed to the public and shaped by the use of simple and primitive movements we all have unconsciously done once.
The practice that Marianne Mispelaëre develops, because of its inscription in the notion of time (time of reflection, realisation and show), is itself linked to the notion of space. Whether it is the space of a sheet of paper, an exhibition space or a mental space, the artist uses the multiple particularities of each of them to make her art (the reaction of the paper on which she applies a line of water, the roughness of a wall changing the drawing of a brush, a tree, too close to a hand during a run, will be marked...).
Through the daily movements she uses, the artist proposes to the viewer an immersion into her personal rhythm; an idle, intimate and contemplative rhythm during which a repeated gesture becomes a time and space marker.
The gesture beyond the gesture
Text by Alex Chevalier
Courtesy of the Artist