and A Branch, 10" x 7 1/2"
- Moth and Johnny Jump Up, 10 1/2" x 8"
- Words and A Plant, 10" x 7 1/2"
Dog Lady, 9 1/2" x 14"
Larrain at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod
April 8th - April 19th, 2009
Coco Larrain’s latest exhibit of new works reveals
a bold step into the world of collage. These pieces represent a radical
departure from her soulful oil portraits of animals and vast inquiring
landscapes of the heavens.
Each collage differs from the previous with individual vocabularies
and elements, creating statements of the world around her. In some,
she merges generations, with cutout botanicals and old prints from
a collection she inherited from her late grandmother – who was
an accomplished and published decoupage artist – with doodles
from her once young son’s notebooks and his numerous toddler
drawings. You will find similar elements in totally different environments,
sometimes with her own wildly energetic drawings, or abstract watercolor
paintings from her earlier life, or again, with torn pieces of photography
she retrieved from the trash thrown out by her former husband, photographer
Amongst the variety of these individual and whimsical collages, Ms.
Larrain has included a series of three very unique pieces comprised
of almost obsessively repeated words written in a calligraphic hand,
combined with evocative and intricately cutout objects from nature,
such as flowering plants, moths and fruit. The results of which create
a delicate and poetically charmed visual treat.
Larrain’s collages provide an intimate peek into inward, highly
emotional landscapes. In this work, she invites us to take the lunge
fully into a set of dreamlike landscapes that are not yet open to
easy analysis --- they are glimpses into parts of herself (or ourselves)
which are still waiting to be explored, and redeemed, with compassion.
They retain some of Larrain’s elegance and precision. But they
also reflect a far richer, and less polished, primary process. This
exhibit has opened the way for what we hope will be a continued journey
into depth perception by a talented and generous artist.
- Chuck Mandansky 4.22.09