Exhibition by Murielle Caissie prompts a reflection on decluttering

1/16/2019 12:00:00 AM

Simplicity, uncluttered spaces, fluidity and freedom: Murielle Caissie’s exhibition Unclutter at the Assumption Gallery offers a reflection on these themes. The Dieppe artist looks at ways to improve, simplify, delegate, reduce and even eliminate some of the consumer behaviour in our modern society. The unrestrained, uncompromising language of her abstract paintings will engage visitors to the Assumption Gallery during January and February 2019.
 
As she laughs, Murielle Caissie confides that her effort to simplify her personal life was reflected in her recent pieces, without her knowing. “I was painting and I realized that I was using less colour and that there were horizontal lines and earth tones,” she says. “I made a connection with what I was going through at a personal level and I thought, hey, this is decluttering. It was an insight that I drew inspiration from to simplify my life.
 
The semi-retired teacher follows her inspiration, femininity, experience and truth. Once the brush strokes are applied to the canvas, she never hesitates to use her fingers to apply the acrylic paint and leave the colors to blend together naturally. “When I paint, I say what I have to say, and then observers have a unique, personal experience when they look at the painting.”
 
Murielle Caissie has long been fascinated by creativity and has always invited writers, poets and visual artists to meet her students in the classroom. These encounters struck a chord with her, and she began developing her own artistic practice in 2007, one piece at a time. The exhibition at the Assumption Gallery is her second solo show, and a vernissage is taking place on January 16, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
 
The Assumption Gallery exhibits contemporary and modern paintings, folk art, sculpture and photographs by professional Canadian artists. Six exhibitions are presented each year, one every two months. It is located at 770 Main St., Moncton, on the ground floor of the Assumption Place building.