Marc-Alexandre Dumoulin's practice of painting is a persistent hunt for the elusive, in which the surface of the canvas is a kind of excavation site, a place where the artist digs deeper and deeper until the image comes to the surface. According to Heinrich von Kleist, thought does not precede speech, but rather arises in the act of speaking. It is similar with Dumoulin's paintings, drawings and etchings: They are thoughts that reveal their complexity through the sensual connection between colours, subjects and formats. The motifs do not emerge from mastering this complexity, but rather from not knowing about it, and in their strangeness reveal the instability of the world.
Marc-Alexandre Dumoulin studied painting at Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada, and at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, UK, and is currently completing his doctorate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. He lives and works in Vienna.