Coming soon: Suzanne Husky at Drawing Lab

Coming soon: Suzanne Husky at Drawing Lab

The winner of the Drawing lab 2023 prize invites us to rediscover the deep time of rivers, curated by Lauranne Germond.

Image credits: Suzanne Husky, Rivière possible, 2023, aquarelle sur papier © Courtesy Galerie Alain Gutharc

Deep river time

January 26 – April 7, 2024



Containing the forces of river and stream flows in a simplified, predictable bed has been an obsession for our cultures. The blue line is perfectly controlled from one end to the other and doesn’t spill over. This obsession, which has turned our rivers into canals, is one of the causes of the drought we all mourn: without meanders, our water flows straight to the sea. But what does a healthy river look like? A river that is reconnected to its alluvial plain, or that spreads out over the major beds, changes its course, eats its health, exercises, tastes the 1,000 plants that border it and is tickled by the amphibians, fry and the warty, hairy legs of the dytics, neps and odonates that run through it? What responsibility have artists had throughout history for these simplified representations of waterways, and how can art today be an agent for transforming this perception?

In the great tradition of naturalist illustration, and in collaboration with the philosopher-researcher Baptiste Morizot, who co-signs some of the works, Suzanne Husky invites us to reconsider the long history of the river through an applied practice of drawing that blends scientific accuracy with holistic visions of a re-enchanted nature. His gouaches, watercolors and inks bring back to life the forgotten face of healthy rivers and the thousand and one species in decline that usually populate his ecosystem, reviving our original link to the wetlands.

About Drawing Lab

Founded by Christine Phal in 2017 on a philanthropic model, Drawing Lab is a 150 m2 private experimental and exhibition space entirely dedicated to promoting contemporary drawing. Presenting 3 exhibitions a year, it aims above all to be a place for the dissemination of drawing in all its forms, giving artists the opportunity to get drawing off the page and explore all its facets.

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17, rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris

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