Manteau de soi II
Perforations and pencils on paper
Marielle Degioanni pricks the paper with small blows of tight needles.
Marielle Degioanni pricks the paper with small blows of tight needles. The succession of these tiny reliefs draws vegetal interlacing, veins and hair. Depending on the case, one could say that they are the result of embroidery, acupuncture or a cloud of particles. White on white, they reveal the presence of paper and transform it into an organic surface. Often, they are prolonged by watercolour, pale pink, liquid, with a hint of bright red. Evocative of feminine attributes, watercolour contributes to the eroticism of the works. Suspended in the middle of the page, each composition appears as the momentary crystallisation of a fluid. It seems to emerge from the mist, as if it were the emanation of emptiness, a flowering from vacant depths. It contains within it many antinomies: the pain of the stings and the softness of the line, the coldness of white and the warm openness of the forms, the reserve of space and the presence of red. It seems as if the artist puts a bit of his own flesh into each of them.
— Anne Malherbe, art historian and art critic, 2019.