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Posted : 2013-03-24 18:43
Updated : 2013-03-24 18:43

Inspired by 'Samulnori'

Anne-Marie Doyen in front of her work at the gallery Topohaus in Insadong, Seoul


By Kim Se-jeong

All 20 paintings in the exhibition, "Beyond Musical Expression," are on one topic: "Samulnori."

Anne-Marie Doyen, the artist, says without hesitation that the traditional music style impressed her the most when she arrived in Korea six years ago with her husband, Jean-Yves. Her husband works for the French Embassy handling energy issues.

"I was impressed by the movement and the color," she told The Korea Times at Topohaus, the gallery in Insadong that is hosting her exhibition.

Samulnori is a traditional Korean percussion genre that uses four instruments — two sizes of gong, an hourglass-shaped drum and a barrel drum. The name refers not only to the four instruments — "samul" meaning "four items" and "nori" translating as "play" — but to the percussion group, which often uses dance in its performance.

One of the things that makes samulnori distinctive is the costumes performers wear. The colors are selective and strong — mainly black, white, blue, red and yellow.

For Doyen, there is nothing more Korean than samulnori.

"When we were walking in Insadong during the weekend, we always saw a group perform. They walked down the main street of Insadong, and people followed. And we followed. And we'd see them again at the (Cheonggye) stream, and we were following them as well,"she told The Korea Times.

To begin, Doyen focused on painting almost photographic depictions of faces, ornamentation and costumes, using pictures she had taken as .

She grew more impressionistic, however. In her recent works, clear depiction is rarely seen. Instead, most every line on the canvas depicts the rapid movements in samulnori.

Doyen is a language teacher, and has never given up her passion for art.

She had her first exhibition in 1986, with her most recent show in Grenoble in 2007 where she had her workshop. She has also displayed works at the Jazz A Vienne and the Tour de France, in her home country.

The exhibition is open through Tuesday. For more information, email the artist at amdoyen@yahoo.fr.


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