Un Nouveau Jour

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Hugo Galerie is pleased to present Un Nouveau Jour, a solo exhibition of Sandrine
Paumelle’s altered and alternative landscapes. As if alchemically derived from their
original photographs, her mixed media works transform what is known and real into
something far more mythical.

Photography has long been considered a captured observation of the world and used to
document our surroundings. It is often more trusted as a source of actuality than other
art forms. Painting, for instance, must first travel through the artist before arriving on the
canvas. But photography can avoid mediation. Paumelle’s subversion of this commonly
held expectation makes her artwork all the more provocative. What portion is real? What
part is applied? Subtracted? Manipulated?

Her physically distorted images create new truths. The painted and scraped
photographs become marred marvels. Each landscape manifests through the misty lens
of memory, each still life through the hazy layers of a dream. The artist’s treatment of
light obscures time itself. We are left wondering whether we are witnesses to the dewy
dawn, sparkling midday, or sultry sunset. Or are we witnesses at all? Is the familiarity of
her countrysides and tabletops merely the power of suggestion? Paumelle challenges
the rigidity of truth, exposing its vulnerability in a way that mimics the fragility of our
known world and environment.

The title of the exhibition, Un Nouveau Jour, or A New Day, echoes this flickering duality.
A New Day is somewhat of a phenomenon, able to act as both a singular and
transcendental event as well as a literal, quotidian recurrence. Paumelle’s body of work
similarly straddles borders and defies distinctions: heavenly and haunted, real and
imagined, past and future.

This is the epitome of worldmaking—taking something with just enough truth to feel
trustworthy, and expanding it. Paumelle presents life through a foggy window, dually
revealing and reflective, effectively filling in the gauzy gaps in clarity with our own
versions of veracity. Her gossamer veil blurs the context of each vignette and
encourages viewers to supply their own, causing the otherwise mundane to become
personal. Her oblique perspective produces a mystical experience and makes the
universal unique. In Paumelle’s hands, the world around us shimmers with a
spirituality that is our very own.

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