Juliette Dumas photographed by Valerie Gueit in Guadeloupe, April 2019

Whale (Cachalot) photographed by Valerie Gueit in Guadeloupe with Juliette Dumas, April 2019

Whale photographed by Valerie Gueit in Guadeloupe with Juliette Dumas, April 2019

Juliette Dumas in situ, Guadeloupe April 2019

Juliette Dumas in situ, Guadeloupe April 2019, a Cachalot

JULIETTE DUMAS

Whale Fluke (Night), 2018

Argile et pigments sur papier marouflé sur toile

Two Panels: each 60 x 72 in. Overall dimensions: 60 x 144 in. (152.40 x 365.76 cm)

JD078

JULIETTE DUMAS

Whale Fluke (Le Grand Bleu), 2018

clay and gouache on paper mounted on canvas

Two Panels: each 60 x 72 in. Overall dimensions: 60 x 144 in.

JD106

JULIETTE DUMAS

Angel 02, 2018

clay and gouache on paper mounted on canvas

Two panels each 8 x 8 in., Overall Dimensions: 8 x 16 in. (20.32 x 40.64 cm)

JD072

JULIETTE DUMAS

Whale fluke (Lascaux), 2018

Cerra colla on canvas mounted on canvas

9.25h x 18.90w x 1.26d in
23.50h x 48w x 3.20d cm

JD110

JULIETTE DUMAS

Whale Fluke (Le Vieux Prince), 2018

Clay, gouache and ink on paper mounted on canvas

9h x 18.25w x 1.26d in
22.86h x 46.36w x 3.20d cm

JD085

JULIETTE DUMAS

Whale Fluke (Blue), 2018

clay and gouache on paper mounted with fabric

10h x 20.50w in
25.40h x 52.07w cm

JD082

JULIETTE DUMAS

Whale fluke 04, 2016

Clay and gouache on paper

7.50h x 11w in
19.05h x 27.94w cm

JD040

JULIETTE DUMAS

Whale Fluke 05, 2016

clay and gouache on paper

5h x 7w in
12.70h x 17.78w cm

JD037

JULIETTE DUMAS

MEGAPTERA

Summer 2019

 Juliette Dumas "Whale Flukes", portray a species that was present on Earth 30 million years before us and travels 16,000 miles every year, continuously swimming, all the while making sonic maps of the ocean floor. The generic name Megaptera  (from the Greek mega-/μεγα- "giant" and ptera/πτερα"wing"), refers to their large front flippers. Each individual whale has specific scars and markings on their fluke (tail) resulting from attacks by predators, fishing gear entanglements, boat collisions, and the continuous thrashing through water.  

 

For this series of work, Dumas prepares her surfaces with clay on paper mounted on canvas, allowing her to scratch into the layers, drawing by subtraction into the fresh “skin” of the painting. She then runs water over it, letting the process of erosion edit by destroying some of the work. 

 

Drawing on historical precedents such as Lascaux cave paintings and Cézanne’s studies of the “Montagne Sainte Victoire”, her paintings are a study of the language of Nature, an attempt to understand an experience other than human. 

 

Dumas subscribes to the terms of the "Rio Negro Manifesto" created in 1978 by the French art critic Pierre Restany who drafted a manifesto along with two artists, the Brazilian (born in Poland) Frans Krajcberg, and the Yugoslav based in Brazil Sepp Baendereck. The manifesto  adresses " integral Naturalism to  better understand the mysteries of Nature.(…) ".  (It) calls for "the expression of a planetary consciousness”. -- (Restany and Krajcberg, 1978, 2013).

 

JULIETTE DUMAS (French, b. 1987 in Paris France; lives and works in France) completed her BA at Villa Arson in Nice France and her MFA at School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2013. She has been awarded artist residencies at Festival Grandeur Nature, Ristolas, France in 2009 and La Station, Nice in 2015.  She was nominated for Clare Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists by the Painting and Drawing Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Dumas' work was featured in notable group and solo exhibitions including “Winter Studies” (2015), Kunstverein Gaestezimmer E.V, Stuttgart, Germany (Curated by Alf Setzer);  “Ad Hoc”(2015), La Station, Nice, France (curated by Collectif Culbuto). Dumas first (2016) and second (2018) solo exhibitions were held at Silas von Morisse in New York.

Press

ARTCRITICAL Featured item from THE LIST: Juliette Dumas at Silas von Morisse
DELICIOUS LINE JULIETTE DUMAS ANGELS Reviewed by William Corwin
26 April 2018
HYPERALLERGIC Whale Paintings Evoke the Giant Mammals’ Suffering and Scarring by Peter Malone
April 16, 2018
WALL STREET INTERNATIONAL Juliette Dumas. Angels
April 15, 2018
BLOUIN ARTINFO
BLOUIN ARTINFO Datebook: Juliette Dumas’ ‘No Safe Harbor’ at ART 3, New York
7 September - 2 October 2016