b. 1975, Beirut (LB). Lives in Liège.
The intimate paintings of Marie Zolamian range from the sensual to the fantastical, evoking dreams or folktales as well as various traditions of painting. At their heart are stories rooted in both Eastern and Western ontology. As she puts it: “I am trying to take ownership of the heritage of chosen communities that are foreign to me; I am questioning the concept of affiliation and belonging to a community, or a region.” The works shown here are all made in the past few years and are placed in a way that highlights their affinities or contrasts. For her titles, Zolamian chooses from a collection of words that she has assembled – such as Corps d’ange, Pis que pendre, Sophisme – whose meaning she tries to understand and remember. As such, the visual compositions act as a verbal mnemonic for the artist.
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