These paintings of a human figure integrated with nature are meant to feel slightly destabilizing or hallucinatory. The faces are those of performance artists in costume. Already in state of metamorphosis through make-up and costume, the figures undergo additional transformations when I merge them with botanical growth and translate them into the language of paint. At some point, a form of alchemy takes place and they become something greater the sum of their parts. They are neither fully human nor plant, they are either nature transforming into human form or the opposite. My interest lies in the point of transition; the shift from one perception to another where meaning is flexible and boundless.
Renée Duval 2019