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Fiona Rae

Fiona Rae (*1963, Hong Kong) mixes styles and with the same ease uses artistic references as diverse as pop culture, kitsch, typography and even retouched images, reworking them in masterfully sophisticated abstract combinations.

A dense and complex composition emerges from a black background, as if frozen in time, bringing together two antagonistic ways of painting in the central axis of the canvas. Geometric forms with sharp contours contrast with lines of paint which seem to be more spontaneous. This second layer is superimposed on the first, allowing a depth to appear through the various strata and shadow effects which endows this abstract painting with a surprisingly narrative richness. The title refers to one of the most well-known ’80s horror films and underlines and reinforces the sombre and disconcerting nature of the reading of this painting. The balance of the geometric forms is disturbed by a morphing effect. There is a slippage from stable to instable and doubt creeps in and generates a contrasted perception. An opposition is set up between improvisation and composition, amorphousness and orthogonality, geometry and gesture.


  1. Fiona Rae Evil Dead 2, 1998

    Huile et acrylique sur toile
    243,8 x 213,4 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2000
    © Photo : Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Marina Abramović, "Video Portrait Gallery", 1975-1998 | Collection Mudam Luxembourg | Acquisition 2001
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