“My work,” says Marie Gailland, “has always consisted of combining the spiritual and the sensual.” Indeed, these powerful, graphically striking images are a visceral, intriguing mix of the two.
Using acrylics, pastel and photography, Gailland creates textured surfaces that keep the viewer’s eye in motion and create a distinctive atmosphere. In her paintings, a strong energy joins forces with a contrasting aura of serenity, resulting in images with a multi-layered presence. A bold arc of movement may energize a serene image, or a bright drop of color punctuate a composition in which blacks and earth tones dominate. The bright colors are usually reds and blues, the colors that the artist says form the basis of her images, with red representing the carnal side of existence and blue the spiritual side. Those colors add another level of contrast and dynamism to paintings that balance light and dark in addition to stillness and movement. Such contrasts constitute a compelling way for Gailland to achieve her goal of expressing both silence and emotion in her work.