The space of the exhibition is divided into two rooms. When entering the exhibition, the pictures of bridges (Les ponts f), fountains and parks set the verdurous, soothing tone in the first room. On the first wall, we see Maria Herreros’ dreamy interpretation on Pont Neuf, Paris’ oldest standing bridge. Spanning the Seine between the Right and Left Banks, Pont Neuf crosses the western tip of the Île de la Cité. Drawn on a cotton paper, Herreros’ flowing water element encircle the central motif of the drawing—which has long been an iconic part of the city’s monumental architecture. The pedantic, even meditative graphite pencil work concentrates on the calm pools and fields of side eddies in the waters. Soft apricot sky and the empty riverbanks refer to early morning.
When I saw Marika Maijala’s wildly expressive wax crayon drawings of Parisian bridges for the first time, I was struck by how well they fit together with densely detailed works of Maria Herreros. Despite the different styles they can easily be presented side by side, and neither one dominates the other. Even the water is huge, the people on the bridge and on the riverbank seem to be Maijala’s central motif. Balancing between the yearning to meet someone and solitude – the enjoyment of being alone by choice.
To see in the exhibition:
Maria Herreros, Pont Neuf / (Detail) Watercolor and graphite on paper, 2018
Maria Herreros, Bouquinistes, Watercolor and graphite on paper, 2018
Marika Maijala, Seine I, Wax crayon on paper, 2019
Marika Maijala, Seine II, Wax crayon on paper, 2019
Marika Maijala, Bridge (small), Wax crayon on paper, 2019
Cover Image: Marika Maijala, Pont au Change / (Detail) Paper collage on paper, 2019