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Slag Gallery is pleased to present Mes Prédatrices, Marie Peter-Toltz’s new solo exhibition.
Marie Peter-Toltz is best known for her rich oil paintings reflecting fictional narratives of filial relationships, sexuality and extreme emotional states, offering viewers a direct connection to their own psychological complexity and history. For Mes Prédatrices, Peter-Toltz strives to encapsulate the tempestuous reality concerning the multiple aspects of one character painted in an oneiric environment – allowing the painting to become the canvas of humanity. Deeply influenced by Greek myths – in particular to the Moon Goddess and night hunter Artemis – her new body of work navigates between the myth’s emotional content combined with the artist’s personal iconography.
Peter-Toltz often utilizes the female as an archetype - a way of exploring human consciousness through our socio-cultural understanding of female identity today. The female figures in her paintings poetically search, agonize, and conquer in a lost paradise. These forms found in Mes Prédatrices are found yearning and chanting, the imagery oscillating between mythical wars, murders, and intertwining love stories and battles. Through Peter-Toltz’s energetic brushwork, one witnesses the agony of the human condition while rejoicing through the tales of survival and hope.
Marie Peter-Toltz studied linguistics and art history in Vienna, Strasbourg and Madrid, continued her education in visual art at the University of New South Wales (Art & Design), the National Art School in Sydney, and received her MFA in painting from New York Studio School in New York in 2016. She was awarded the New York Studio School Scholarship and the Concordia Awards, as well as the LCU Award for Women. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions locally and internationally including BMG Art (Australia), Gaffa Gallery (Australia), Linton & Kay Galleries (Australia), Centre Relais des Arts (France), Skidmore Contemporary (LA), group show Hieronymus Bosch: Contemporary Artists Celebrating the Master at National Arts Club (NY), Wagner Contemporary (Australia), and Slag Gallery (NY). Peter-Toltz currently lives and works between Los Angeles and Sydney.