you pinned me down like a butterfly on the wall
curated by Kathy Battista
57 Orchard Street, NY, NY
March 1 - March 15, 2020
Ballon Rouge Collective is pleased to announce its second project in New York. Marie Jacotey’s “you pinned me down like a butterfly on the wall,” curated by Kathy Battista will inhabit a space at 57 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side for two weeks. This will mark Jacotey’s first exhibition in the States. Greek and French by birth, she has been a mainstay of the UK art world since her days at the Royal College of Art.
The intimacy of the gallery space at 57 Orchard creates the perfect context for Jacotey’s work, which always makes the viewer want to get a bit closer. Known for her colored pencil drawings that most often feature female protagonists, alone or with others, at times with accompanying text. These text and image pieces tell a decidedly sardonic 21st century female narrative, but are stylistically closer to the west coast punk aesthetics of Raymond Pettibone or Mike Kelley. Focused on personal relationships—breakups, seduction, affairs, friendship, family dynamics—Jacotey confronts the autobiographical with a wry sense of humor and irony. In addition to her work on paper, Jacotey’s drawings have been collated into large scale textile installations. Currently, she is also experimenting with collaborative filmmaking in the form of animation.
For Jacotey’s exhibition in New York, she will show a recent body of work that reflects a new direction in both medium and subject matter: in addition to colored pencils she has been working with dry pastels, and an increasing role of pattern and floral motifs populate the drawings. These may be read in the progression of her earlier subject matter, however, as floral motifs and patterns are almost always associated with the feminine. “You pinned me down like a butterfly on the wall” features both works on paper as well as smaller textile drawings. For example, fleurs in da sky, Fleurette, and Fleures Hystero in da sky do not feature her trademark human figures; rather they depict flowers whose linear stalks might be read as anthropomorphic. As the flowers overlap in fleurs in da sky one can envision two people--lovers or friends--in intimate conversation. Floating over blue backgrounds with areas suggestive of clouds these new works recall untrained or outsider artists in their simplicity, confidence, and honesty.
Curator Kathy Battista says “I’m fascinated by the way that Jacotey works so intuitively. Her exploration of the personal experience is a contemporary take on the 1970s activist slogan: the ‘personal is political’. I love that her work engages the DIY notion of earlier feminist artists, but with her unique, inimitable style, and content relevant to our world today. I’m very excited to share her work with a New York audience.”