In “A Moveable Feast,” Nicole Etienne’s luscious compositions literally fly across the canvas. She captures split seconds in time, vibrant, romantic and powerful, that both celebrate and pay homage to their spectacular settings and mysterious pasts:
“In his memoir, Ernest Hemingway considers “A Moveable Feast” to be the memory of a splendid place, one that lives on with the traveler, long after the experience is over and for the rest of his or her life. In these mixed media works on canvas, I conjure memories, recreating the experience of “A Moveable Feast” decades, even centuries, later. The process begins with photographing magnificent antique rooms and historic museums, delicious settings that are ripe with history and alive with splendor. I strive to connect with the essence and importance of what once transpired there and then manipulate the images to support the mystery and mood of these perceived experiences. Finally, I layer on my impressions, incorporating living organisms and fetishized objects, rendered with traditional techniques in oil and varnish, until each reconstruction is complete. Through this process I resurrect the dreams, emotions and ghosts of past happenings by sharing their stories with those who were unable to experience them first hand.” – Nicole Etienne
Nicole Etienne earned her MFA from the New York Academy of Art and her BFA from the University of California Santa Cruz. She has mounted solo exhibitions in London, Dublin and St Barth’s and been included in group shows at galleries worldwide including London, Tokyo and New York. This is her first solo exhibition in New York. She currently splits her time between London and New York.