"Her profound desire to communicate and share a facet of herself..."
In fact, as we explore her paintings, we retrace the paths upon which they evolved… consciously, but mostly unconsciously. What are they, and how did they come to be? Let us see. Annabelle Marquis enjoys haptic contact with the medium before all else. Touching, stroking, feeling and manipulating are her second sight. Far from innocuous, this peculiarity is an important element of her artistic approach and undeniably influences her creative process. Indeed, her tactile interactions with substance literally trace the contours of the inchoate work. The unconscious becomes uterus; the conscious, seed and impetus. Through touch, the painting slowly takes shape. Her psyche shreds magazine, paper, fabric... She rends these materials, touching them as a blind person might read Braille. “I do not start off with a preconceived idea; the paper guides me.” She spreads her torn handiwork upon the canvas and, little by little, forms come into being. “I enjoy the sensation of dried glue and pigment on my hands.” Subjects emerge thusly, sometimes discernable but sometimes less so, nevertheless never springing forth from nothing but always representing a state, an idea. They are delineated by her craft, subject to her profound desire to communicate and share a facet of herself and the spontaneous amazement she experiences upon touching raw materials.