“David Wasson” by Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau
Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau calls her artworks ex-votos, translated as, “from the vow made.” Ex-votos were traditionally placed in churches to seek grace or give thanks. Marpeau’s ex-votos are offerings and story boxes, telling tales of events gone past and of events imagined. Look into these boxes closely and you will see people working and celebrating life. They show life on the coast in the days before gasoline and electricity, that the way of the sea was hazardous—and still is; you will see models being sailed, dories and peapods being rowed, boat builders, fishermen, lighthouse keepers, lifesaving crews, and families. Anne Emmanuelle Marpeau lives in an old boatyard on France’s Breton coast and has depicted the coastal stories of France and Maine for the past 20 years. When we look at her works we are peering through a porthole at another era, recalling its folklore and the legends that define these craggy coastal towns and the special breed of people who call them home. The Dowling–Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland. For more email email@example.com or call (207) 596-0084.