2017, Oil on canvas
1400 x 1400mm
It was the end of a week from Hades when I arrived at Marie Le Lievre’s for dinner a few months ago. She was working on Leaving [Fix] at the time. When I saw it, I asked if I could write on this exhibition, because ‘you’re painting my days’.
If we were talking Architectural theory in regard to Fix[es] we’d be going on about the ins and outs of phenomenology, non-place, interstitial space and so on… Luckily, we’re not. In contrast, [without killing such beautiful conceptual nuances by over talk/thought] Le Lievre seems to effortlessly pick up a stick of black and draws us into this series on a sketchy line.
We arrive at the edge of a series of hauntingly intimate spaces. A precipice so real, one can almost discern the creak of a floor board underfoot. Bedsides, hallways and living rooms are hinted at, just enough to understand where we are. Any less detail and the entire scene would fall away.
At the centre of Le Lievre’s spatial fragments we encounter a recurring figure. The figure is positioned in such a way, I feel cautious about disturbing her from wherever it is she may be. Although, I don’t think one could. As ever, Le Lievre’s work conjures a universe of questions.
Perhaps the answers are to be found in the floating aurae that loom, never far from the figure. Familiar, nebulous clouds, blips and residue of colour connect us to previous works of Le Lievre’s. Tones, gestures and line act as markers, allusions to the presence of the unseen.
Fix[es] offer gateways to other realities, unconscious states, remedies, stoppages, charms, spells, bad days, excellent ones…the divine, the everyday. A passing thought or enduring belief. These markers are notation of the floating layer [or: invisible shadow] that follows us around as we go about our days.
Le Lievre believes that in this world of hyper-analysis, over stimulus and false truth there is / and will always be a need to return to one’s own analogue space of truth and quiet contemplation.
Fix[es] are a series of paradoxical spaces. Le Lievre has conjured an intensely personal and private realm while at the same time indicating that it is all universal, indelible…mercurial.
— Ri Williamson BFA (sculpture), M.ARCH [prof.] has a background in Fine Arts. After taking a scale shift, Williamson now works in Architecture.