All by my selfie
Based in Marseille, since 1986, Marie Ducaté has been creating artwork using a number of different medias. Earthenware, ceramics, paintings, murals and even furniture have all become tools in the search for harmony that seems to guide Ducaté’s work . If the relationship between the decorative arts and art has always existed, Ducaté has truly established it as ‘an art of doing, a way of living’. Exemplified by the meandering lines, the frieze, the gilded leaf which all belong to Ducaté’s ornamental vocabulary that she uses to create a dreamlike universe not far from that of Matisse. The profusion and richness of her colourways, the luxury of her frames and the translucent beauty of the molten glass echo a certain joie de vivre which that speaks to the work of that great ‘sculptor of colour.’
However, Marie Ducaté's creation is rooted in invention which has led her to collaborate, with the CIRVA workshops in Marseille and to develop new technical solutions. This can be seen in her series of vases made of engraved glass paste, as well as her beaded sculptures and furniture.The sensuality and amourous tension between the characters in her creations act as catalysts, provoking subsequent chain reactions.
Marie de Brugerolles
Marie Ducaté’s work often consciously positions itself in the context of a European culture where the study of form remains anchored in the classical canon. She works with various mediums including painting, ceramics, design and glass. Her canvases are veritable market stalls of art history in which cultural references morph into consumer objects (and decorative ornaments) and are there to be immediately identified and read by the spectator. Opening a window onto the body, Nu dans un cercle, clearly places the man as the desired object of pleasure. This circular painting is presented in a square frame made of glued plastic toys. The work immerses us immediately in Marie Ducaté's world, which is linked to a collective imagination, full of obvious art history references and colour and flirting playfully with kitsch.
Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, 2020