M. leaning on chair, J. sitting on chair
A to B & M
With language (we can ask)
Pineapple bag, smiling
Line, lines, layering – A threat of transition
At once – headrush
A sleeping on my lap
The need to act
Peggy Franck continues to be fascinated with the simplicity and gesture of the brushstroke. Something that’s almost nothing, no representation, no metaphor, just paint shaped by the artist movement. She has reiterated this gesture over and over in her work, from big walls, to small paper sheets. In her new series on paper her signature brushstrokes have gone through a process of softening: they become more fluid, light, evanescent.
Franck’s wet on wet paintings respond to her own reflections upon the fragility of existence and the inevitable circle of life we are all subject to. There is an element of unpredictability in this technique – the paint continues to expand after the brush has lifted – the soft, skin-like texture of the pigmented paper becomes an organic membrane. This unpredictability has always been part of Franck’s practice, a fascination for the unexpected event, the found object or the light getting into the cassette of the sheet-film. The artist moves in a liminal space, balancing between what she can and cannot control, between the inner world and the life outside.