I grew up in a Protestant Christian denomination that had an emphasis on the end of the world. As a child, I spent a lot of time thinking about the apocalypse and imagining what would come after it. A new world. The conversations surrounding life on this present earth made it seem like this existence—this reality—was just a layover. When I was six years old, I thought that by the time I was twelve the earth would be destroyed, and I—if I was righteous enough—would go on to live in a beautiful fantasy world that was beyond my imagination. I think the creation of an alter ego and her surrounding characters living in a slightly unformed, hazy place is part of the residue from that experience. — Naudline Pierre*
Evoking fantastic worlds of dreaming and becoming, Pierre’s paintings, drawings, and sculpture are on view for one more week at James Cohan.
See link below for details.
Through June 18
48 and 52 Walker Street, New York City
*“Agency and Transcendence: Naudline Pierre Interviewed by Amelia Rina,” Bomb, October 21, 2019, online.
Naudline Pierre, Enter the Realm, James Cohan, New York, May 14–June 18, 2022, from top: I, A Terror Loosed Upon Your Heels, 2022, oil on canvas; Stronger Than You Think, Softer Than You Know, 2022, oil on linen; Prophecy of Desire, 2022, oil and oil pastel on panel; Through the Valley, 2021-2022, oil on canvas; Close to You, 2021-2022, oil and enamel on linen; I Dreamed of Love, 2021–2022, oil on linen. Images © Naudline Pierre, courtesy of the artist and James Cohan.