For Violette Cici, who now lives in Sydney, Australia but was born and raised in the South of France among the warm colors, bright sunlight and distorted lines of Van Gogh and Cézanne, art is very much about imagining different ways of seeing. Her otherworldly and psychedelic prints evoke not only Surrealism — particularly Dali’s dreamscapes and Man Ray’s photograms — but also the appropriated, repeated and tweaked imagery of Pop art. Some feature a singular image, transformed or multiplied, while others are dazzling hybrids assembled from disparate sources.
Though the elements she folds into her nostalgia-tinged, neon-hued compositions are wildly varied, there’s also a striking consistency in Violette Cici’s work. In the end, every piece challenges us to see some familiar object or image differently, indeed to learn to look in a new manner at a figure we’ve grown accustomed to seeing in a certain light. What she offers, in essence, is a strikingly original visual environment where rules are suspended and radical possibilities created.