Marion Perlet: Inspired by Mexico
By Janell Meador
The Gallery presents “Marion Perlet: Inspired by Mexico” during the month of March 2013 – artist’s reception March 1, 6-8pm. These stunning paintings by one of San Miguel de Allende’s most respected and remarkable artists will evoke memories in all of us who love this beautiful country.
Paintings by Marion Perlet
“Marion Perlet: Inspired by Mexico”
Fri, Mar 1, 6-8pm
Born in Munich, Germany, and trained at Montreal’s L’Ecole des Beaux Arts during the early 1960s, Perlet has lived in San Miguel for over 20 years. Since her first exhibition at age 22 in Montreal, in 1962, she has had over 40 solo shows, including Mexico City at the Canadian Embassy, the Bellas Artes and El Instituto Allende in San Miguel, and the Museo Icongrafico del Quixote, Guanajuato.
Perlet first visited San Miguel 24 years ago. Coming from Canada, she did not know what to expect. “I got off the bus wearing a black turtleneck and jeans,” says Perlet. “The taxi drivers were on strike, so I had to walk from the bus station to my apartment on Recreo. It was so hot, I thought I was going to die!” She lived in Mexico for 10 years before she felt like a resident. “I thought I was only temporary, until I bought land for my home,” she says. “Then I knew I lived in Mexico.”
Perlet has painted traditional Mexican themes such as Day of the Dead altars and skulls, but her new works come from within. “These paintings are my own fantasies,” she says. “They only exist in my mind.” A full moon looks over the shoulders of the dancers in Mistaken Identity. The masculine figure, an anthropomorphic deer, is fooled by the headdress of a woman in red, as a masked dog enjoys the scene. In Maria De Las Rosas the Madonna glides peacefully through the dark waters under the red sun in a boat encircled by roses of red, pink and white, bringing blessings to the earth.
Other paintings in this collection celebrate the everyday beauty of Mexican architecture, colorful flowers, and our omnipresent friends, favorites of the artist, the animals who live, play, and suffer in the streets of our towns.
Please join us to meet the artist and see her paintings inspired by Mexico, but strikingly fashioned in the mind of Marion Perlet. “All I need is a little clue, and my mind wanders off,” she says. “I then become the painting.”