“Lost Human Found Jungle” is a captivating painting exhibition that delves into the complexities of society, movement, and the power of togetherness. Through vivid strokes and intricate compositions, our featured artist, Marie-Chloé Duval, explores the enigmatic labyrinth of human connections and disconnections.
Each canvas serves as a visual narrative, reflecting the myriad emotions and experiences that shape our existence in this fast-paced world. From the moments of being lost in the chaos to the serendipitous encounters that lead to being found, this exhibition invites viewers to ponder the essence of our shared human experience and the beauty that arises when we navigate the jungle together.
Marie-Chloé’s work delves into a profound analysis of society, drawing from her academic background in studying human behavior and social issues. Through her art, she illuminates these observations and motivates action.
Her visual creations capture the complexities of our modern society, where marketing and mass data manipulation attempt to control minds. Using a fusion of figuration and abstraction, through painting, words, and photography, she creates thought-provoking imagery that sparks conversations about our alienated state.
In the era of globalization’s constant labeling and categorization, she explores analysis paralysis, where excessive reflection impedes action. Infusing empathy into her art, she diagnoses our collective identity.
Her work challenges the belief that our senses provide a true grasp of reality, revealing the illusions beneath appearances.
“Our minds are spinning. The flow of thoughts, mass information, stimuli and questions are fast and omnipotent: never has society faced such high rates of anxiety and depression. As I paint to discover myself as an artist, a woman, and a citizen, I project on canvas my vision of our modern society, a society run by organizations that fight to control people’s minds with marketing and mass data. I paint with a specific purpose of education and awareness. I put visuals on the canvas to open this dialogue about our current state of alienation and the urgent need to open our eyes and break free. The visuals I create are situated between figuration and abstraction, stillness and movement, using painting, words, and photography. In this era of globalization, we are constantly labeled and categorized. We experience analysis paralysis, where excessive reflection is hindering our ability to act. Our habits and routines can sometimes lead us down a path that becomes increasingly challenging to break away from. With empathy, I create a diagnosis of who we are together.” – Marie-Chloe Duval
About the artist ~ Marie-Chloé Duval, originally from Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada, has a diverse and adventurous path in her artistic career. After initially pursuing an academic career in criminology, Duval discovered her passion for art while finishing her graduate studies. Her thesis writing served as the catalyst for expressing herself and illustrating her vision of humanity and society through her work.
Duval honed her visual identity and explored photography before fully committing to painting in 2016. She made a strong impression in her first symposium by winning 5 prizes, and since then has gained recognition with solo and group exhibitions around the world. Her curiosity and desire for knowledge have also led her to participate in multiple artistic residencies in Canada and Europe. She is deeply engaged in the artistic community, serving as vice-president of art center boards, participating in residential projects for artists, and writing for art blogs.
Currently based in New York City, Duval draws inspiration from the endless human actions that surround her. She holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Concordia University and she is now completing her Master degree in Fine Arts at the New-York Studio School.
Marie-Chloé Duval: Lost Human Found Jungle will be on view from September 8 to September 26, 2023 at Nicolas Auvray Gallery, 522 West 23rd Street, NYC, Ground Floor ~ Under The High Line. An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, September 8th from 6-8pm.