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Annette Lemieux, Walking on Water Revisited, 2000, water-based ink on canvas, 10' 8“ x 25' x 5' 4”.

Annette Lemieux

Worcester Art Museum

Annette Lemieux, Walking on Water Revisited, 2000, water-based ink on canvas, 10' 8“ x 25' x 5' 4”.

A major midcareer survey, “The Strange Life of Objects: The Art of Annette Lemieux” showcases twenty-four works made between 1983 and the present. The Boston-based Lemieux got her start in New York in the early ’80s, during which time, as an assistant to David Salle, she aligned herself with the young generation of painters and Conceptual artists associated with Mary Boone Gallery and Metro Pictures. Photographically scavenged images and clean-cut geometric forms are common to Lemieux’s nostalgic and often ironic aesthetic. Her chosen materials—ranging from latex on canvas to roofing tiles, from ink on aluminum to military helmets and cement—serve to evoke the collective memories of such disastrous past events as the Holocaust and the Vietnam War, as well as more recent traumas such as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and the attacks of 9/11.

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