Galerie Anne Barrault
Spanning adjacent walls and gently grazing the gallery floor, Tiziana La Melia’s panoramic canvas Broom Emotion, 2017, hung unstretched, like a backdrop to the rest of her eponymous solo exhibition, her first in France. Black arabesques and graffiti-like script emerged from this abstract work, saturated with pools of purple, yellow, pink, and brownthat is, watercolor, red wine, and instant coffee. A thin layer of sand covered the gallery’s terrazzo floor, while ostrich-size chalk eggs and purple sachets of white dragées were arranged atop fragrant bales of hay. A garden arch, covered with black toile and craft butterflies, framed the view toward La Melia’s painting, Yellow Mistral, 2016–17. The artist has talked about playing “the painter” as a theatrical part, and here she set the stage.
La Melia has alluded to her poetic approach and to the chains of associations she
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