Artist Naudline Pierre discusses her new exhibition What Could Be Has Not Yet Appeared with Hilde Nelson, the DMA’s Curatorial Assistant for Contemporary Art.
What Could Be Has Not Yet Appeared is the first solo museum exhibition of works by Naudline Pierre, whose vividly hued paintings portray opaque, otherworldly narratives through depictions of supernatural beings entangled in complex scenes of struggle and intimacy. Rearticulating historical tenets of religious painting, Pierre expresses the spiritual experience of transcendence through the means of a protagonist who recurs throughout her works. This exhibition, which will feature the debut of five newly created paintings and the DMA’s recent acquisition Lest You Fall, considers the possibilities of speculation and fantasy in offering love, care, and routes for escape.
Image: Naudline Pierre, Lest You Fall, 2019, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, Lay Family Acquisition Fund, 2020.8, © Naudline Pierre, courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York