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Marie Antoinette by Meg Schaap

  • Touchstone Gallery 901 New York Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)

On display: March 2 - April 1, 2018

by Meg Schaap

Opening Reception: Friday, March 2, 2018, 6 - 8:30 pm
Meet the Artist/Artist Talk: Sunday, March 25, 1 - 3 pm

In Meg Schaap’s installation “Marie Antoinette” Meg expresses an intimate portrait of France’s iconic queen. The humanity behind her myths, her rebellion against french protocol, will honor her true persona and give light to her feelings. Meg Schaap is depicting a metamorphosing queen breaking free through ‘Wallpaper” frame, customs and norms of her time period.

In Meg’s 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional portraits she is telling a story of the queen’s life as a young extrovert girl, wanting to have fun, trying to be loved and her defeating reputation. Her touch is focused on femininity, fearlessness and free spirit. Through her expressions she tries to find a deeper truth of Marie Antoinette’s emotions by letting go of media’s traditional depictions, and transcending the canvas, being an insider looking out.
Meg Schaap was born in the Netherlands. Upon graduation of high school, she studied art in Nijmegen and Groningen at the Academy of Art Minerva. Leaving early, she started to travel the world, she lived in Spain, London, Paris and Munich. In 1998, she moved to Naples, FL with her husband where their three children grew up. She completed her studies at Florida Gulf Coast University and received her BA, Magna cum Laude in Art in 2010. Seven years ago she and her family moved to Potomac MD. Her Art is in private collections in the Netherlands, Belgium and the United States.

As a visual artist, Meg is interested in the similarities and differences between global social cultures. Having lived among different cultures throughout her life, she is always adapting to different cultural habits. Painting has been a way for her to let go, take risks and make statement about the world she has come to know. On the canvas, she is free and fearless. Her expressions are bold and contain bright colors. In the “Marie Antoinette” installation she uses vogue magazines only, gold leaf, pearls and diamonds, and acrylic paint. Her feminine portraits are strong and command a sense of power and respect.