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Macha POYNDER

Macha POYNDER

1978

2001

oil on canvas
47 1/4 x 47 1/4"

The ‘vanguard’ of Macha Poynder is a way of crossing history and all its stories, continents, borders and languages; her mobility is like that of Khlebnikov–the Russian avant-garde poet known for his ‘trans-rational’ (zaum) language–transculture augmented in all directions.  Since she read them backwards in a window on Sixth Avenue, she turns letters around; her trademarks are festivals of graphs that frolic with color, interweavings, wandering signs, crescents, stars, and lexical joys, all tropical and Manhattanesque, discreetly creating a ‘Free Art Movement’ complete with by-laws, a treasurer, a gardener.

“I am arriving at a point, a threshold, where accumulated knowledge finally leaves, liberated from its control and domination. It turns into pure perception, when the link with the invisible, the unknown, and the infinite becomes clear. The painting can finally spring from its own source. Many things thus become possible. The broadening of perception causes the visual field to broaden, so the territory of a painting grows larger. And so on and so on, like a spiral with no end. Painting is one of the instruments for penetrating the mysteries of the world. Canvas, paper, surface are all windows where the visible and the invisible touch, come together, where the mystery is half open, and where the invisible is revealed.”

Macha Poynder was born in 1962 in Moscow. She has lived and worked in Paris since 1982. She has a degree from the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs (Paris). Her works have been exhibited internationally.

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