cynara de goutiere

artist, cobble hill bc

Sculpture

Talisman. Cast paper, fabric sculpture

Talisman

Talisman

hands

hand

This piece was the genesis of a body of work titled “Everywoman, an homage in way of the Doll”. The work was based on a selection of seventeen paintings of women, by male “Master” painters in the Tradition of Western Art, spanning the past hundred years. Representative of a turning point in the idealized objectification of women – a time of truth-telling, these women have been imprisoned on canvas, their life made indelible.

I have chosen to resurrect these women in a subjective art-form: The Doll. In the archetypal sense, the Doll is a talisman of our conscious and unconscious being, a private vessel which becomes what we breathe into it. The release empowers us. My conceptual framework is derived from a classical doll form: whatever is exposed, presented to the world, is hard. Whatever is dressed, protected and protecting, is soft. Our interaction with the doll – our subconscious resolution of the tension between the soft and the hard, the yielding and the unyielding, generates a pulse. I choose this visual and sensual syntax for my work because it moves the women into the subjective – into the living.

Seated Giaconda. 1994

Seated giacondaFabric sculpture,paper mache, gesso, acrylics, fabric stitchery. 52″. This piece is conceived after Salvidor Dali’s “Seated girl, seen from behind.” 1925. Since the image of the girl was of her back I had to reveal the expression in her body which was withdrawn, indeed, embraced within her straight jacket like smock.

Jaqueline without roses. 1994

jaqueline

Jaqueline

detail

detail

paper mache, fabric sculpture, paper collage, painted fabric. 48″ This piece is conceived after Picasso’s 1954 portrait, “Jaqueline, with roses”.

Catharsis. 1995

Catharsis

Catharsis

paper mache, gesso, paper and fabric collage. 47″. This piece was conceived from a 1952 painting by William de Kooning, from his “Women” series, entitled Woman 1. I like the pun. Reputed to have been a bit of a misogynist, De Kooning deferred, claiming ambiguously that – they just turned out that way.

Mother, you know.. the sea. They call her the Great mother. 1994

Mother, you know...

Mother, you know…

paper mache, fabric sculpture, gesso, acrylics, . 54″. This piece was conceived from a 1919 painting by Modigliani entitled Gypsy Girl with baby. Under her copper flesh tones, she is painted blue, like the sea.

Under the paint, red. 1994

Under the paint

Under the paint

paper mache, fabric sculpture, acrylics. 42″ This piece was conceived from an 1895 painting by Toulouse Lautrec of Cha u Kao, a clowness of the Moulin Rouge. Under her face paint, she is entirely red; only her lips and a few cracks showing her colour through.

Mme. Rene Degas. 1995

mme rene degas

mme rene degas

paper mache, fabric sculpture, gesso, acrylics, painted fabric. 52″. This piece was created after a portrait of Mme. Rene Degas, the artist’s blind sister in law. I found a profound lucidity in her sightlessness.

Dora Maar

Dora Maar

detail

detail

Dora Maar. Apple of his eye. 1995

paper mache, paper collage, fabric sculpture, fabric collage. 42″. This piece was created after a Picasso painting of Dora Maar (1937). The apple on her cheek is subtle, but it is there.

Irma. 1995

Irma

Irma

fabric sculpture, paper mache, gesso, acrylic, fabric collage. 35″. This piece was created after a painting by Paul Klee, of a woman he was infatuated with: “Irma Rossa, the Animal Tamer”, 1918. She is suspended within a steel star.

Olga, indolent. 1993

Olga, hatted and girdled

Olga, hatted and girdled

Olga, indolent

Olga, indolent

Gertrude

Gertrude

fabric sculpture, cast paper, gesso, acrylics, . 35″ This piece was created after a painting by Picasso, “Three Women at a Fountain” (1921) This was part of a trilogy of Picasso women in the Everywoman work: Olga Indolent, Olga, Hatted and Girdled, and Gertrude Stein. I made a clay bust and hands and from this a plaster mold from which I cast the three sets of bust and hands. The head and shoulders are cast separately with a socket joint just as dolls commonly are made. The character of each woman departed tangentally from this point.

Gertrude. 1994

fabric sculpture, paper mache, gesso, oils, tailored clothing. 30″. The painting behind this piece is Picasso’s 1906 painting of Gertrude Stein. It is interesting to note that Picasso was never comfortable, never in control, with her image, repainting over her face several times.

Olga, hatted and girdled. 1993

paper mache, gesso, acrylic, fabric sculpture, fabric stitchery on tailored clothing. 35″. This piece was conceived from Picasso’s “Woman in a Blue Hat” 1921.

Lullaby. 1993

lullaby

Lullaby

fabric sculpture, paper mache, gesso, acrylics, painted fabric. 54″. The painting behind this piece is Van Gogh’s 1889 “La Berceuse” – the lullaby, a portrait of Mmm. Roulin, who signified to him, maternal comfort.