Marie Zolamian

SA MUE

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SA MUE, Marie Zolamian, exhibition view, Bombon projects, Barcelona, 2024
SA MUE, Marie Zolamian, exhibition view, Bombon projects, Barcelona, 2024
SA MUE, Marie Zolamian, exhibition view, Bombon projects, Barcelona, 2024
SA MUE, Marie Zolamian, exhibition view, Bombon projects, Barcelona, 2024
SA MUE, Marie Zolamian, exhibition view, Bombon projects, Barcelona, 2024
SA MUE, Marie Zolamian, exhibition view, Bombon projects, Barcelona, 2024
SA MUE, Marie Zolamian, exhibition view, Bombon projects, Barcelona, 2024
SA MUE, Marie Zolamian, exhibition view, Bombon projects, Barcelona, 2024
Solastalgia, MarieZolamian, 41 x 31,5cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2022
Solastalgia, MarieZolamian, 41 x 31,5cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2022
Suc, MarieZolamian, 40 x 30cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2023
Suc, MarieZolamian, 40 x 30cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2023
Sun is shining, MarieZolamian, 30 x 40cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2023
Sun is shining, MarieZolamian, 30 x 40cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2023
Admonestation, MarieZolamian, 41 x 31cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2022
Admonestation, MarieZolamian, 41 x 31cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2022
Avoir le boulard, MarieZolamian, 40 x 30cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2023
Avoir le boulard, MarieZolamian, 40 x 30cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2023
Bonneteau, MarieZolamian, 31 x 53cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2024
Bonneteau, MarieZolamian, 31 x 53cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2024
Canari dans la mine, MarieZolamian, 30 x 40cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2023
Canari dans la mine, MarieZolamian, 30 x 40cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2023
Concussion, MarieZolamian, 40 x 30cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2023
Concussion, MarieZolamian, 40 x 30cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2023
Ensuquer, MarieZolamian, 51 x 61cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2024
Ensuquer, MarieZolamian, 51 x 61cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2024
Faquins, MarieZolamian, 30 x 40cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2024
Faquins, MarieZolamian, 30 x 40cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2024
Hybris, MarieZolamian, 55 x 70cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2024
Hybris, MarieZolamian, 55 x 70cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2024
Koek en ei, MarieZolamian, 61 x 52,5, oil on canvas on panel, 2022
Koek en ei, MarieZolamian, 61 x 52,5, oil on canvas on panel, 2022
Octopus teacher, MarieZolamian, 61 x 52cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2022
Octopus teacher, MarieZolamian, 61 x 52cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2022
Pécore, MarieZolamian, 31,5 x 41,5cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2024
Pécore, MarieZolamian, 31,5 x 41,5cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2024
Rémige, MarieZolamian, 40 x 30cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2023
Rémige, MarieZolamian, 40 x 30cm, oil on canvas on panel, 2023
SA MUE, MarieZolamian, 50 x 70cm, oil on canvas, 2024
SA MUE, MarieZolamian, 50 x 70cm, oil on canvas, 2024
Bombon presents SA MUE, the first solo exhibition of the artist Marie Zolamian (Lebanon, 1975) in Barcelona. Zolamian’s work navigates between the domestic family scene and the realm of dreams. Resembling a déjà vu, her paintings transport us to a dreamlike universe of hybrid creatures, faces, masks and chimerical landscapes that we seem to have known in another life. Zolamian borrows references from both Eastern and Western art history – Medieval miniatures, Persian and Armenian, the primitive Flemish, Henri Rousseau, Cézanne… – and gathers and recomposes them according to the moment, thus disintegrating the notion of affiliation and belonging to a community, bringing to the surface an imaginary territory where an iconography based on the attempt of integration appears and where relationships – sometimes discordant – are established. Between human beings and nature, memories of the individual and the collective, between tradition, separation and upheaval, between site, temporality and culture. “Painting interests me in its archaeological dimension, where it’s not just the final image that counts, but the battles that have been fought in a reduced space, which has to find pictorial solutions whatever the cost. I love looking at icons, ex-votos and at the images that illustrated the first books after 10th century, the illuminations and the art of miniature paintings, Persian, Armenian, Indian, the Western books of prayers between the 12th and 15th centuries. With rigorous details and stylisations of complex geometries, a rectified perspective, where perspective, geometry and colour become languages.” If we had to situate Zolamian’s work in a temporal moment, it would be that of wakefulness, between being awake and asleep, on the border with sleep. Then, a body becomes a tree and a landscape a wallpaper inhabited by symbols.

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