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Naudline Pierre, Love Becomes Her, 2019, oil on panel, 34 × 48".

Naudline Pierre, Love Becomes Her, 2019, oil on panel, 34 × 48".

Naudline Pierre

Shulamit Nazarian

In Naudline Pierre’s eight-foot-tall painting Lest You Fall (all works 2019), a tangerine-tinged nude drops out of the sky—head first, legs flailing, arms spread wide—into a field of black flames reaching up from below. Four winged creatures (some might call them angels) plunge after her, using their wide crimson, teal, and hickory wings to scoop up her plummeting body. Meanwhile, a dove swoops in to touch her outstretched finger with its beak. Our rescued heroine, who figured at the center of every piece in Pierre’s exhibition “For I Am With You Until the End of Time,” called to mind a Renaissance martyr or the limp, nude Christ of Deposition scenes but was actually an avatar of the artist herself. In interviews, Pierre has described her painted cosmos as a “personal mythology” and explained, “I’m simply creating a world where I hold the power and get to do whatever I want.”


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