The figure in the carpet
The figure in the carpet is the title of a short story by Henry James (1896) in which “the figure” becomes a metaphor for discovering the secret meaning or intention of an author’s work. In our context it evokes the image of particular places that call for our attention. What does a place do to us throughout its history and the time we spend there?
All three artists are in some way concerned with what certain places do with us, and how and this can be made present or tangible in their painting. Mathieu Cherkit works with places in the home of his grandparents where he now lives. Arjan van Helmond is looking for ordinary places that we run into daily and may not notice because of their commonness. Marenne Welten works in series, each time researching a specific place.