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Cécile Duchêne-Malissin


Cécile Duchêne-Malissin is a resolutely figurative painter. His canvases depict isolated characters, imbued with a certain melancholy, and seeming plunged into a deep introspection. A diversity of mediums at the service of composition The painting of Cécile Duchêne-Malissin cannot be labeled as it is unique: by themes, the composition, but also the technique, mixing acrylic, ink, paper and canvas painting. Wishing to move away from “the simple paint”, she uses it as a starting point on a partly marouflaged canvas, where she adds various techniques such as pastel to oil, graphite mine, collage and sometimes the sewing. Cécile Duchêne-Malissin remains on the same theme for a long time, declining it on several canvases or drawings. Generally, it starts with a search for composition that it most of the time does with sketches to which it incorporates photos. A dreamlike universe imbued with nostalgia The paintings of Cécile Duchêne-Malissin do not mention any reference of time or place because that is not the important. Rather, it is a question of translating our fragility in front of the world and the need to hide behind a protective envelope. If childhood occupied a large part in her work before, Cécile Duchêne-Malissin's approach now evolves. The relationship to the body and its fragility remains however. Fugacity of existence, a tiny trace that it represents on the scale of the universe: the history of humanity is as brief as a beat of wings. Cécile Duchêne-Malissin transcribes this brevity thanks to transparencies obtained by a superposition of painting, ink and marouflated papers on the web. This ephemerity is approached in the "Disappearance" series, "Metamorphoses" or "Dust". The characters of the canvases are revealed as much as they hide: behind masks, vegetation. They present themselves to the spectator, abandoned to the gaze, and yet all in restraint. But is it the spectator who observes the character, or the opposite?

To read: the interview with Cécile Duchêne-Malissin on Kazoart's blog

Selected Works

Versailles V

Paintings - 92x73 cm

Apparition IX

Paintings - 54x65 cm

Les métamorphoses III

Paintings - 92x73 cm

Réflexion XI

Paintings - 116x178 cm

Disparition IV

Paintings - 116x89 cm

Disparition VII

Paintings - 100x150 cm

Dissimulation VI

Paintings - 100x120 cm

Apparition VII

Paintings - 150x100 cm

Séraphin III

Paintings - 50x40 cm

Portrait Anonyme II

Paintings - 50x40 cm

Tu deviens une absence V

Paintings - 92x73 cm

Versailles III - La mouche

Paintings - 120x100 cm

Véranda VI

Paintings - 200x180 cm

Véranda V

Paintings - 200x200 cm

J'ai été... IV

Paintings - 65x54 cm

L'infante aux grenades

Paintings - 116x89 cm

L'infante IV

Paintings - 65x45 cm

Dissimulation V - Concealment V

Paintings - 116x89 cm


Drawings - 56x38 cm

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