Anne-Marie Schneider: Ritournelle
Exhibition, Mac’s, Hornu, Belgium.
French artist Anne-Marie Schneider’s work is dominated by the practice of drawing: pencil, Indian ink, charcoal, gouache, and acrylic. These spontaneously sketched forms look like automatic writing, a sort of diary inhabited by grotesque figures. She treats her private world and the public sphere with equal consideration. Oscillating between personal and social dramas, her drawings are thus sketched sometimes with fragile sensitivity, sometimes with caustic humour. Traumatic events are manifested by the body, the repository of emotions, which they work through: the bodies are tortured, deformed, stretched, and rained. Evoking intimate themes, the drawings offer a counterpoint to more engaged drawings that deal with current events.
This is not a political attitude however, but instead a need for the artist to anchor herself in the reality of the outside world. Dreamlike images and fantasies are displayed alongside a harsh, sometimes cruel vision of reality.