“We must bring about the end of the world as we know it.”
Composition with Double Line and Blue Plane (1934)
Vincent van Velsen:
The visual language is known, the artist less so. Born Marjorie Jewel Moss, the artist chose the gender-neutral name Marlow at the age of 25. Her work is characterized by abstraction, harmony and an affinity with the formal language of De Stijl. In the context of Abundance, Composition with Double Line and Blue Plane shows that queer work can also be abstract, or in the words of Alex Pilcher “a line has no gender”. The use of the double line has a similarity with Piet Mondrians work. Mondrian and Moss met in Paris and kept in close touch. They influenced each other immensely: opinions differ as to who had the greatest influence on whom. What is clear is that Moss has become less known than her male colleague. Her lifestyle, including a relationship with the married writer Netty (A.N.) Nijhoff, disapproved of by some critics, was probably a contributing factor. Moss did a few solos in the Netherlands and is also represented in several important museum collections. For example, her work was recently featured in a group exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. In view of the current developments in which art history and the canon are re-examined and reshaped, Marlow Moss is also sure to gain prominence.
Collection Vleeshal Middenburg (SBKM), long term loan M HKA Antwerp