Art Amélie Peace Talks About Physical Addiction

Amélie Peace Talks About Physical Addiction

Giorgia Massari
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We saw her work at the C+N Gallery CANEPANERI booth at miart and fell in love with. Amélie Peace‘s canvases definitely speak of us, but especially of Gen Z, its uncertainty and fluidity. The subjects’ bodies mingle with one another, as soft as Dalí’s surrealist clocks, as deformed as Sara Birns‘ faces. The colors, as well as the brushstrokes, are delicate, so much so that an acrylic can almost be mistaken for a watercolor. The intention of Peace, who is French but based in London, is to initiate psychophysical dialogues, exploring the experience of touch and the human need for physical connection. While her works reveal a tenderness dictated by togetherness, the discourse inevitably flows into the more dramatic and controversial aspect that human relationships entail. Emotional, sexual, and gendered experiences are touched upon here by the artist in an indirect way, emphasizing the repercussions that our inner lives have on the body.

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The absent glances, the bodies overlapping until they become a single entity. The contrast between the playful colors and the barely hinted at cruelty in the gestures of the subjects. These different polarizations generate antipodal reactions in the viewer that underscore what the artist is trying to communicate, a need for human contact that can generate physical dependence. The figures portrayed even go so far as to share a body, as if they cannot do without each other. Although the bodies seem to come together harmoniously, it is the arms and particularly the hands that highlight a negativity that makes its way through the bright colors. The strength that Amélie Peace highlights in the tight grip of the hands grasping another’s body opens a window into the theme of obsession and possessiveness, leaving ample room for reflection.

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Written by Giorgia Massari
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