Michèle Marie Bonnarens


    • Collective
    • Painter
    • New European Folk Art


    Dirt of the Lotus, Berlin

    About the artist

    My work is guided by a religious instinct both in its production and its
    content. The act of painting is a type of individual meditation, the
    result is a visual record of the processing of the perceived elements of
    my particular lived universe. I say “perceived elements” because much of
    what I “see” is a product of my language and cultural background, which
    provide important points of entry for “experiencing” something, in the
    sense of structuring and naming it.

    While this structuring occurs primarily outside of consciousness, my art
    is a place to reflect upon these organizational attempts, proceeding
    from the belief that perception is an ongoing process. In trying to
    return to places we have already thought, in the sense of finding sense
    and meaning, a culture produces and reproduces a variety of symbols. A
    recurring symbol within my work is “Woman”.

    “Woman” has a religious sense within my work because the cultural
    associations around Woman make this symbol a critical point for
    reflecting on ourselves and our place in the universe, whatever our
    biology may be. My paintings offer a place for the viewer to enter into
    their own meditation on the structuring of experience.

    Setting Woman in a seemingly familiar environment, the use of line
    adding to the sense of clear definitions, the viewer is invited to cross
    these lines for a deeper view; to shift between the big picture and the
    abstract elements. Attaining this deeper view demands holding a number
    of competing perceptions together. The resulting visual dynamic is meant
    to support a similar mental processing of the symbol Woman and a deeper
    reflection on our individual position within and to social order.

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