For Hermanus FynArts (9-18 June 2017):
Vive la Difference | Solo exhibition by Claire Denarie Soffietti
9 – 25 June 2017
at Walker Bay Art Gallery, 167 Main Road, Hermanus
Claire Denarie-Soffietti was born and raised in Versailles. She was an autodidactic art student from the outset. After eight years in Barbados and four children, the artist and her husband (an Italian architect) decided to settle for good and now reside in beautiful Cape Town South Africa.
Claire depicts quiet moments: serene portraits; a tranquil woodland path; a woman lounging on a chair. From Pink Elephants to Charlie Chaplin’s and Coco Chanels. However, the colours are more intense than in reality, while the compositions are so tightly framed that they become dynamic, and the portrait subjects never reveal all to the viewer. Her figures have secrets and hint at an interior world within the picture frame. It is her wonderfully palpable painting style and bold colour choice that makes the 2D picture world seem more real than our very own.
There is this element of distortion evident in her pieces. When asked whether this sensationalizes any particular personal interpretation of the world, and life, this artist always responds: ‘Nothing pleases me more than the grotesque of human nature! I don’t do pretty and I become colour-blind when it comes to pastels and sober colours. Nature and human nature, for Denarie-Soffietti, are perfect and ought to remain untouched in its finished state. She allows herself to marvel, not to comprehend. The artist admits: ‘I paint to translate the absurdities of my mind, and stop when it fails to entertain me’.
Image: Claire Denarie-Soffietti