Moving between abstraction and representation, Lannoo’s paintings exert a potent physiological effect on those who stand in front of them. Made up of many fluid layers, these simmering surfaces subtly shift in colour and texture as you move around them. Lannoo’s works are, in essence, richly coloured mirrors composed of paint that aptly question the manner in which the human presence can be added into a painting. Lannoo’s multilayered works play with both the perception of painting as much as they challenge conventional notions of representation.
Roald Nasgaard comments: “Marie Lannoo’s Existence Art”, which is included in the catalogue for “Through and Through and Through”, which exhibited at Mendel Gallery in 2010:
“Lannoo’s work draws the viewer deep into internal illusions replete with reflected invasions from the external world. At the same time, it reaches out to embrace and enfold itself around the body of the viewer, who sees the world as if with eyes in the back of his/her head…Lannoo significantly sheds her means of physical presence in favour of transparency and luminosity, for materials with a capacity to hold, radiate and reflect light, mirroring the world as well as reanimating it with colour.”
Lannoo was born in Delhi, Ontario. She attended the University of Saskatchewan and studied painting at the Banff School of Arts as well as in Virton, Belgium. Her work has been shown in exhibitions throughout Canada and internationally. The Government of Alberta, Canada Council Art Bank, University of Saskatchewan and many more have collected Lannoo’s work.