Marie Taklanti, freshly graduated in applied arts, ENSAAMA Olivier de Serres in Paris, and in plastic arts, University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, begins her career as an author and illustrator of books for young people in collaboration with major publishing houses : Bordas, Bayard, l'école des loisirs... She invested about fifteen years before committing herself to a series of drawings, with Japanese ink and brush on Thai paper which will betray her fascination for the calligraphy of drawing.
Her drawings are done freehand with no other support than dexterity and the ability to lead the line where it expresses the most intense intention, a thousand miles from any realism even in the heart of / amid a figuration often very faithful to appearances.
"The gesture is an engagement of the body" and the obvious extension of the representation of the bodies. Light, combined, sucked, in movement, the bodies represented by the artist introduce you in a vital spiral. Duality, cohesion, tugging, entanglement, fluid precise lines, that can lead to different readings/ interpretations of the work.
The gallery's words
First of all it is a discovery on social networks that allowed me to discover the work of Marie Taklanti. Her gesture, her dynamism, the vitality and energy of the line supporting the tensions of the bodies in weightlessness as suspended in time and yet all linked to each other, I was conquered. Then I discovered the artist through an interview that explained her approach and that finally convinced me for real. When Marie contacted the gallery the decision was already made / I was already sure that I wanted to work with her.