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Olympe Racana-Weiler, Citeaux, 2018, oil, acrylic, ink, enamel spray paint, and polyurethane on linen, 70 7/8 x 63".

Olympe Racana-Weiler

Galerie Jérôme Pauchant

Olympe Racana-Weiler, Citeaux, 2018, oil, acrylic, ink, enamel spray paint, and polyurethane on linen, 70 7/8 x 63".

Olympe Racana-Weiler announces a gut craving, a physical manifestation of desire and ambition, in the title of her first solo exhibition, “I came back from paradise and I’m frankly hungry.” The phrase also alludes to a return from another realm, a passage that might be a kind of metamorphosis, evocative of Ovid’s compendium of transformation myths. In a published conversation with Jim Dine, with whom she works as a studio assistant, Racana-Weiler tells of her own metamorphosis into a painter, and cites the ancient text. In this context, Racana-Weiler also speaks briefly about dancing as a child. She describes performing for an audience, eyes on her body as she moves. “At eleven,” she recalls, “I felt the other persons’ look on me, it was almost intrusive.” By displacing the movements of her figure, hands, and inner force onto the surface of the canvas, she seems to have found a

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