Marie-Aude St. Michel
The Manifesto series echoes a new, current, worldwide dimension: the permanent potential of terrorism and the sensation that one’s life or that of a beloved anywhere they live or travel to, may be lost at any time. The tension is almost palpable in certain places. A strange mix of fear and urge to live float in the air of those who were physically hit by contemporary terrorism. Yet, life must go on and the best opposition to terror is precisely to carry on living as we wish to and lead a normal life.
Every painting has three levels of reading: the obviously visible at first; second, the invisible becoming visible; lastly, the symbols hidden in the work. This echoes reality: there’s what we see and what exists on other levels. It is up to everyone to see and interpret as they wish and feel. All that matters is inner freedom.
First level of reading: a representation of The Reaper on the right hand side looks over the Statue of Liberty.
Second level of reading: a ray of light accompanies the statue on the left side. A golden drop falls from its face. Gold is in the crown as well as the flame held by the statue.
Third level of reading: the American anthem is handwritten underneath the black layer, which symbolizes tyranny.
Acrylic, plastic & gold paint
Can be displayed as a diptych with I AM.
70 x 50 in. (178 x 127 cm.)