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Sidonie Caron: Memorabilia

Attic Gallery, Portland
Oct 4, 2001 - Oct 27, 2001


Anatomy (2001),
collage, wax, paint on wood panel

Sidonie Caron rescues paintings. At the age of one, her German-Jewish family was rescued before the Nazi invasion and sent to Holland, then rescued once again and sent to England. Caron recognizes that she has kept an artistic record of her life. She divides her work into that which responds to the world outside herself (figurative and landscape paintings), and work that is a response to her internal creativity (abstract painting).

The painting titles The Anatomy (an homage to her surgeon husband), developed from an anatomical image by T.B. Albenus, etched around the 1800's. This image has hung around Caron's studio for over twenty years and is part of the cause and also the effect of the painting. Using this image as the central theme, she collaged X-rays from magnetic resonance imagery, postage stamps an illustrations from Grey's Anatomy onto old wood drawing clipboard panels and then visually held everything together with a coating of wax, followed by a shellac-based layer that gave the surface a wet, reflective finish.

In "Rescuing" The Anatomy, Caron felt that to compensate her need for structure and order, some visual composition was needed, so her well-known patterns of prayer rugs were applied to this work. She took the techniques of collage and her prayer rug paintings and combined them together, going beyond collage and adding a deeper signature to the imagery.

© Allyn Cantor