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Annette Lemieux

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

In Part II of “The Rodin Book,” written in 1907, Rainer Maria Rilke wrote of the sublime in relation to silence and suggestion: “I am as one who would remind you of your childhood. No, not only of your childhood, but of everything that ever was childhood. For my purpose is to awaken memories in you which are not yours, which are older than you; to restore connections and renew relationships which lie in the distant past.” Annette Lemieux works within this realm of collective memory. Her work depicts a broad history of Everyman through an insinuating poetry that refers to that memory and the abstract rendering of the same. Lemieux’s strategy is the narrative. She presents a memory theater whose set is decorated with the relics and ruins of our exasperated culture; a portrait of the bleak American landscape and those who have made and continue to make her history.

In this exhibition, Lemieux

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