Monday, February 7, 2011

Getting Lost in the Marks of Louise Despont

Louise Despont
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A.
represented by
Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, NYC, NY, U.S.A.
Blue Moon, Pondicherry
67 x 48 inches
Graphite and colored pencil on antique ledger book pages

Look at how large the piece is! It was  installed for an exhibition at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery
King & Queen, Day
13.5 x 16.5 inches
Graphite and watercolor on antique ledger book pages

Garden Aerial
13.5 x 18.5 inches
Graphite on antique ledger book pages

I have been looking at the work of Louise Despont since I came across it 2 weeks ago and cannot let go of looking.
I long to see it in person and wrote to her to ask for permission to reproduce these images. She graciously agreed.

To me, Louise has created something entirely new whilst simultaneously encouraging the eye to think the work was uncovered from a secret enclave, hidden for hundreds of years. I am awe-struck at the quiet beauty of her marks on antique papers and mesmerized by the mystical nature of the images.

And I want to stitch them, to allow my eye and hand with thread to re-trace the marks she has made on paper. Perhaps I will in a dream one day.

Please visit Louise's website here to view more amazingly complex drawings. Her site is a delight, grab a cup of your favorite tea or coffee and spend some time getting lost in her marks.

Louise studied Semiotics and Studio art in college and completed a Fulbright Research Fellowship in India in 2009-2010. These are just a few interesting tidbits of information about Louise you can find on her CV here.
All images by permission of Louise Despont
© Copyright Louise Despont 2010 


  1. Lovely lovely work. Thank you for pointing the light to this artist.

  2. I have found something good to look at today, thanks to your research and effort to bring these fantastic female artists into our view.

    Thank you again, Christine.

  3. Terry and Diana, I'm glad you enjoy this artist and that I could bring her work to your eyes.

  4. I've seen her work before . . on another artist's blog . . and LOVE it!

  5. these are you say they evoke fragments from ancient worlds, or plans of secret gardens
    think i need to see them in reality
    to begin to make some sense of them
    thanks for being the 'finder' of such treasure

  6. It's lovely work, indeed. I see a similarity of spirit with the work of another artist I discovered recently, Mariann Johansen-Ellis.


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