Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Things that don't seem like they'd go together but do

The above image is a mixed media piece by Rachel Moreau. It's from a gallery that had an exhibition of her work. I tried saving work from her own site to reproduce on this here blog, but all her work on her site is in Macromedia Flash, which discourages copying. There actually are ways around this but I figured it was right to respect the precautions. If the online world is the wild west, you can't blame someone for guarding against cattle rustlers.

Anyway, I'd recommend visiting her site and spending some time there. Moreau is versatile, working in collage and photography, with some drawing. All her stuff is haunting and unsettling, though. Even pieces that seem like straightforward mockery of Eisenhower era kitsch draw you in. It's not campy, it's mysterious.


susan said...

'Haunting and unsettling' are definitely good words to describe her work. It was interesting to note that a lot of her collage pieces were very small and all the more powerful for that reason.

Ben said...

I hadn't really thought about that aspect of her work, but you are right. Small can be striking, once it grabs your attention.