Reception: Saturday, September 10 from 5pm to 8pm
A solo exhibition of landscape paintings by New Jersey artist Léni Paquet-Morante includes canvases completed during travels along the eastern seaboard and large works created in the studio. Paquet-Morante has been interpreting landscape through a contemporary lens for over thirty years through painting, drawing, and sculptural projects. Her interest in shallow water systems includes puddles and storm drains, marshlands and creeks, tidal fields, and tide pools. Widely exhibited in the New Jersey region since 1984, she has work in the current NJ State Museum’s Arts Annual and a solo show scheduled at Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal, NJ. Her paintings and sculpture are in private, corporate, and public collections internationally.
Informed by the shallow wetlands near my home, an exploration of the structures within those environments led me into an ongoing series of paintings, drawings, and sculpture in which I propose an alternate perspective on subject and composition. Puddles and creeks, potholes and storm drains, tide pools and marshlands all offer a moment for reflection where pollen becomes an equal figure to a tree, sky reflecting at the perimeter of a pothole becomes a structure, and uneven pavement forms a puddle as complex as one in the forest. Occupying a space somewhere between figuration and landscape, these become metaphors for the human experience, at once isolated and part of a shifting construct.
Born 1962 Canada, naturalized citizen of the United States.
Registered with Canada Arts Council and NJ State Council on the Arts. Listed in Women Artists of America National Directory and National Association of Women Artists.
Léni Paquet-Morante (BFA Mason Gross School of the Arts) has been a resident of Mercerville, New Jersey since 1986. Raised in Maryland, she came to NJ to create sculpture at the Johnson Atelier in 1984. A return to canvas work in 2012 continued her career-long exploration of landscape forms through a variety of media. A full-time artist since October 2018, her painting studio is in the Motor Exhibit Building at the Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ. Léni was an Artist-in-Residence (Walt Whitman High School) through the Maryland State Council on the Arts in 1986; was awarded the Lacawac Field Sanctuary Artist Residency in 2017, and the Chateaux d’Orquevaux Artist Residency in 2019. Léni’s paintings and sculpture are in private, institutional, and corporate collections internationally. Solo Exhibitions include Mercer County Community College (2021), Princeton University’s CGSS Gallery (1995 and 2017), Passaic County Community College (1997), and Johnson & Johnson’s NJ Artist Series (2019 and 1998).
- Saturday: 9am-8pm
- Sunday: 9am-5pm
Glen Echo Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD.