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Trois regards à l’oeuvre (Three looks at work): Marianne Decosterd, Ilse Lierhammer, Susan Litsios

The exhibition is an opportunity to show three artists on the walls of the same room who, while having much in common - shared admiration of certaine masters, passion for the landscape, fascination with paper, reducing their vocabulary to black & white - express themselves with means and in perfectly distinct registers. These three artists attended the Atelier de Saint-Prex, worked there for a long time, participated in research and discussions in front of the press and around the table, and regularly collaborated with the publications published by the Foundation. Thanks to their generosity, all or part of their work has entered the collections of the William Cuendet & Atelier Foundation of Saint-Prex over the years.

Marianne Decosterd
With the help of its point, barely clawing the copper, Marianne Décosterd pulls the threads of her inner ball, making, quickly and uneasily, undoing the figures that spring from her embroidery. It is with great lightness that it plunges deeply, forbidding to fix too long the features. The faces bend, the silhouettes just pass but with fever, leaving a trace that never fades away from the eye.

Ilse Lierhammer
In her early works combining etching and chisel, Ilse Lierhammer was anxious to say the secret movements of the night and the intertwining of the great forces that order the landscape. In recent years this monumentality has moved into still lifes, sometimes stripped to the extreme but where the correctness of the outline, the balance of lights and shadow play provide maximum intensity images.

Susan Litsios
She likes begin with: clear oppositions offered by the process of engraved wood and bright, luminous outlines, which her blade cuts into the wood. Its clashes are less of a psychology than a meteorology where the vagaries of light lengthen the hours, where the shadows constantly open openings in the thickets, animate the torrents, put the bodies in motion. His art is direct. He sometimes borrows the paths of narrative and fable that address with humor to our children's souls.
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