Painting, Lechuguilla (The Chandelier Ballroom), Monica Metsers (1980-)
This is one of Metsers’ most significant paintings to date. The surreal, imaginary and highly unique qualities of Metsers’ work are very evident in this painting which exploits her chosen composition and painting technique to great effect. The starting point for her paintings are the remodelling of children’s toys. She breaks the toys and refashions them into strange landscapes which she coats in white paint. She then photographs the results and paints from the photographs. This process offers a return to childhood through acts of destruction.
Lechuguilla translated from the Spanish means sea lettuce or neck ruff. This suggests the organic and eerie forms set within an imaginary landscape which make up this unique composition. The restrained colour palette adds to the atmosphere of the work.
Monica Metsers was born in Wellington, New Zealand, but is now based in Cumbria where she practises as a painter. Metsers obtained a BA (Hons) in Art; Practice and Theory from Lancaster University (2003) and MA in Fine Art from the University of Dundee, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (2004). She has won several awards and exhibits widely.
- Metser creates sculptures and landscapes using broken childhood toys, which she then photographs, before painting the photograph in oil paints
- Lechuguilla means sea lettuce or neck ruff in Spanish
I’m responsible for the art collections in the museum which cover fine art (paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, sculpture) dating from 1650