Maïa Régis

 
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My paintings are the result of intense periods of work realized in parking lots and abandoned buildings in Sicily, in the South of France and the work I have achieved during my academic percourse in London. My intention is to transform the canvases into visceral surfaces, into living beings. They have to be informed by chance, traces of work, dirt, cuts and seams. I used paper glued on canvas, coffee bags, old hessian postbags, ancient moth eaten French embroideries, Sicilian embroidered white tablecloths… 

An unconventional and irregular canvas link to smells, noises, dialogues...  

In a reversal of values, the surface becomes almost more important than the motifs. The abstract motifs are associated with ostensibly figurative subjects.   

Powder bottles with labels stating “PEACE” or “RUN DEVIL RUN”. Carefully packed dried leaves bouquets. Sliced potatoes, roots covered in mud, decaying fish heads. Shouts of a strawberry seller mixed with the smell of rotten meat. I lived the endless food markets of Palermo; I also lived near Electric Avenue, the popular street market of Brixton: my work comes from these popular atmospheres. Recently my work has been introducing characters sitting on a chair in a poetic contemporary environment: a kitchen, a bird market, a butchery…  

I need to work on a large scale, so that painting becomes a physical act. That’s where I 

feel the more confident, the freer. I like to navigate in troubled waters, between the real and the imaginary; between dramatic criminality and joyful optimism. Ambiguity and rhythm for me are the key to a lively work.  

My work is at the crossroads of the “real world”, which is for me a lively, popular and spontaneous world, and a pictorial language far from all sophistications or mannerisms.  

 

WORKS (POA)

Wasp In The Box, Fast Money

Mixed Media

262 x 221cm

2018

Ramon Reyna

Mixed Media

218 x 290cm

2018

Run Devil Run

Mixed Media

250 x 230cm

2017

Mosquito Hour

Mixed Media

230 x 235cm

2018

Ricotta di Corleone

Mixed Media

250 x 224cm

2018

Rossy

Fly and Vinegar

Mixed Media

233 x 303cm

2018

A Hole in the Head

Mixed Media

235 x 250cm

2019

La Cassata

Mixed Media

260 x 220cm

2017