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Influenced by Islamic design, art nouveau, and late modernist abstraction, Claude Temin-Vergez’s drawings, paintings, and installations develop on the traditions of ornamentation and its relations to mysticism, taboo, and the sublime. Vergez’s work is informed by her extensive and daily drawing practice of geometric formation, found images and from nature, which she intuitively deconstructs and embellishes to create motifs which are simultaneously mesmerisingly complex and classically graceful. The line becomes the vehicle of meaning itself. A metaphor for the gesture that the hand makes or by extension the body moving into space.
Executed with a certain clinical austerity – self-consciously stark surfaces, artificial colour palettes, and attenuated brushwork —her canvases evolve as exquisite luculent mandalas that suggest futuristic microcosms, equally biological and technological, beautiful ‘specimens’ of compelling presence.
(From Patty Ellis artist, Artist and Writer)