marie-thérèse ross






Marie-Therese Ross’ work has been described as Magical Realism. Her exploration of narratives, taken from a variety of sources including literature, mythology and biographical stories, combines imagery both observed and imagined, rendering her polychrome sculptures and paintings particularly poignant and vivid.

Ross has worked for many years in art museums both in New York and in London, and there are clear references to old master paintings such as Velazquez’s Rokeby Venus. with the sculpture titled ‘Sofa’. Ross builds her sculptures by laminating wood, carving parts away and incorporating mixed media, including found objects, feathers, gold leaf and primed canvas. The pieces are finished with oil paint like three dimensional paintings, referencing early Greek and Egyptian sculptures. A series of works are painted and built onto
abandoned solid wooden doors, the figures and details emerging out of the surface towards the viewer.

The life-size, figurative sculpture ‘Nena’ references a character from a short story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the red dress evoking the tragic fate of a young bride slowly bleeding to death from a prick from a rose to her finger. A recurring motif of a wolf occupies a recent series of drawings titled ‘My father, Freud and other stories’ deriving from Sigmund Freud’s famous case which he titled ‘Wolf Man’. because the patient was traumatised by a nightmare where white wolves would sit in a walnut tree, peering into his window every night. The works also explore the personal history of Ross’s father who met Doctor Freud as a young boy in Vienna.

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