Marie Le Lievre

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1968

Cerulean Slipping

  • 2014
  • Oil on canvas
  • Purchased 2014
  • 1640 x 1850mm
  • 2014/045

Ōtautahi Christchurch-based artist Marie Le Lievre’s Cerulean Slipping invites the viewer into the mysterious exploratory pleasures of her painting process. Employing crisp, hard edges alongside blurred boundaries and well-orchestrated liquid merge, it blends semi-controlled and unpredictable procedures. The result hints at mapping, rivers and flood plains, as well as chemical reactions or microscopic examination, while at the same time suggesting a multi-layered imaginative state.

(Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection, 6 August 2022- )

Exhibition History

earlier labels about this work
  • Unseen: The Changing Collection 18 December 2015 – 19 June 2016

    Marie Le Lievre’s paintings persuade and frustrate the eye, gracefully sidestepping our inclination to fasten them down with meanings. In this work, recently acquired for the collection, the intense, heavenly blue of the title gives way to a more turbulent and uncertain – though no less beautiful – surface.