Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Artist Prudence Groube's lively world of MIMACHAN offers a whimsical and compelling alternative way of seeing. Use the tabs above to explore MIMACHAN's world through a variety of media and themes. From inks on paper to oils on canvas, cityscapes to abstract works and more, there's something for everyone. Not sure what you're looking for? View a slideshow of all the works, by clicking on the MIMACHAN's Slideshow link to the right of the overview.

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Box-WIne IV
24x30" oil on canvas

I used to drug you every Sunday
Yes
I
Your adoring wife
I would dose you 
Lovingly
2 boxes of wine
and Pizza-
from that place you liked
down the street.
I administered this 
with hands so expert
You had no way
of knowing
that the IV was there at all
Quietly delivering
my prayers for
your
xxx


I learned after the fact that there are many different ways in which we can act selfishly under the guise of love and victim-hood.  Love in it's true form allows no victims.

Box-Wine IV detail
You Are Not Here is a series of oils on canvas and linen depicting extremely personal scenes from the exuberant beginnings and subsequent turbulant ending/s of the 12 year marriage of Prudence Groube (MIMACHAN) to her fellow-artist husband: 

"We started so young, and both so driven...I would never have picked up a paint brush seriously if it hadn't been for Christopher, so coming back to paint in the studio was initially a very difficult process.  

In truth I never saw the end coming until it was on both of us like a freight train.  It took a few years for the noise and hurt to settle a bit and let me look back and ask: Where did we loose each other?  The paintings in this series are those moments - some dark, some tender, and many downright funny (the beauty of hindsight!)  I liken the paintings a little to the original versions of Grimms' fairy tales that are far more violent than the ones we are used to hearing.  Tales in which princes don't get the girl, girls in red capes and hoods DO get eaten by hungry wolfs, and the spirits enjoy throwing more than a few spanners in the works.

My hope is that these "fairytales" invite the viewer to celebrate the human drive to relate and love; as bad of a job as we oftentimes make of it; the joy of humanity is owning the clumsy mess of the divine comedy of our-Selves." - pMg
Fact/otem was first exhibited at the New York Public Library - Hudson Park 2013; The Surreal Life curated by Len Cicio alongside 7 more completed works of the 15 planned for the series.  Look for a complete show by the end of 2014!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Plantains
36x48" oil on canvas

I only agreed to take pills
so I could stop thinking
about plantains
green yellow black
mashed grilled fried
I still think about them all the time
I love plantains
more than drugs
more than you


I thought I had truly "gone bananas" - in retrospect, maybe I was just really really hungry....

You Are Not Here is a series of oils on canvas and linen depicting extremely personal scenes from the exuberant beginnings and subsequent turbulant ending/s of the 12 year marriage of Prudence Groube (MIMACHAN) to her fellow-artist husband: 

"We started so young, and both so driven...I would never have picked up a paint brush seriously if it hadn't been for Christopher, so coming back to paint in the studio was initially a very difficult process.  

In truth I never saw the end coming until it was on both of us like a freight train.  It took a few years for the noise and hurt to settle a bit and let me look back and ask: Where did we loose each other?  The paintings in this series are those moments - some dark, some tender, and many downright funny (the beauty of hindsight!)  I liken the paintings a little to the original versions of Grimms' fairy tales that are far more violent than the ones we are used to hearing.  Tales in which princes don't get the girl, girls in red capes and hoods DO get eaten by hungry wolfs, and the spirits enjoy throwing more than a few spanners in the works.

My hope is that these "fairytales" invite the viewer to celebrate the human drive to relate and love; as bad of a job as we oftentimes make of it; the joy of humanity is owning the clumsy mess of the divine comedy of our-Selves." - pMg
Fact/otem was first exhibited at the New York Public Library - Hudson Park 2013; The Surreal Life curated by Len Cicio alongside 7 more completed works of the 15 planned for the series.  Look for a complete show by the end of 2014!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hansel and Gretal
30x40" oil on linen

Unsweetened 70calories in every cup
70cal/10minutes walking better run
run run run run they can't stop you
in the dark run while it's dark

these bones left of legs will guide me home
Build Strong Bones
70/8oz 70/8oz 70/8oz 70/8oz 70/8oz...


Crumbs under the couch cushions, left on the kitchen bench, trailed along our street.  We scratched and picked and tried to reassemble the loaf when we should have set about baking a new one.


You Are Not Here is a series of oils on canvas and linen depicting extremely personal scenes from the exuberant beginnings and subsequent turbulant ending/s of the 12 year marriage of Prudence Groube (MIMACHAN) to her fellow-artist husband: 

"We started so young, and both so driven...I would never have picked up a paint brush seriously if it hadn't been for Christopher, so coming back to paint in the studio was initially a very difficult process.  

In truth I never saw the end coming until it was on both of us like a freight train.  It took a few years for the noise and hurt to settle a bit and let me look back and ask: Where did we loose each other?  The paintings in this series are those moments - some dark, some tender, and many downright funny (the beauty of hindsight!)  I liken the paintings a little to the original versions of Grimms' fairy tales that are far more violent than the ones we are used to hearing.  Tales in which princes don't get the girl, girls in red capes and hoods DO get eaten by hungry wolfs, and the spirits enjoy throwing more than a few spanners in the works.

My hope is that these "fairytales" invite the viewer to celebrate the human drive to relate and love; as bad of a job as we oftentimes make of it; the joy of humanity is owning the clumsy mess of the divine comedy of our-Selves." - pMg
Fact/otem was first exhibited at the New York Public Library - Hudson Park 2013; The Surreal Life curated by Len Cicio alongside 7 more completed works of the 15 planned for the series.  Look for a complete show by the end of 2014!


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Watertowers
30x40" oil on linen

If the water towers marched on May 1
in solidarity 
with the workers of New York City
perhaps in unexpected collusion of interests
The Water Towers Coalition joined in protest
of the administrations failure
of proposed profit sharing incentives
that promised 
to alleviate the debt burden
and provide much needed reassurance
in these times of social conflict
and 
though we do well
to question 
how we ever 
got this far along
before we woke up
and found that we were outside the city
and the land was dry
channels overrun by the electric floods
overrun their banks 
and released
like a gentle sigh
forgotten in the concrete silence


The power politics of a marriage sometimes find one forming unlikely or preposterous alliances in order to survive.  The water towers of New York City are our forgotten protectors- perched on rooftops in pregnant silence and stillness.  I often imagined them getting fed up with waiting as they observed the human folly below.  Their flood strips away our petty politicking and ambitions, clearing a fresh path to find one another again.
You Are Not Here is a series of oils on canvas and linen depicting extremely personal scenes from the exuberant beginnings and subsequent turbulant ending/s of the 12 year marriage of Prudence Groube (MIMACHAN) to her fellow-artist husband: 

"We started so young, and both so driven...I would never have picked up a paint brush seriously if it hadn't been for Christopher, so coming back to paint in the studio was initially a very difficult process.  

In truth I never saw the end coming until it was on both of us like a freight train.  It took a few years for the noise and hurt to settle a bit and let me look back and ask: Where did we loose each other?  The paintings in this series are those moments - some dark, some tender, and many downright funny (the beauty of hindsight!)  I liken the paintings a little to the original versions of Grimms' fairy tales that are far more violent than the ones we are used to hearing.  Tales in which princes don't get the girl, girls in red capes and hoods DO get eaten by hungry wolfs, and the spirits enjoy throwing more than a few spanners in the works.

My hope is that these "fairytales" invite the viewer to celebrate the human drive to relate and love; as bad of a job as we oftentimes make of it; the joy of humanity is owning the clumsy mess of the divine comedy of our-Selves." - pMg
Fact/otem was first exhibited at the New York Public Library - Hudson Park 2013; The Surreal Life curated by Len Cicio alongside 7 more completed works of the 15 planned for the series.  Look for a complete show by the end of 2014!


Wednesday, May 14, 2014


 
Me and My Schwinn
30x40" oil on linen

They told me you were last seen under the bridge
I rode all over the city looking for you
I had forgotten to put the map in your bag-
even though you never used it
You never needed to
The map was the only way I could recognize you 
within the tumbling architecture of the city
Held together by the twining arms of the Hudson
and the hopeful thin blooms of spring.


In the spring of love every object and path becomes imbued with the radiant glow of the Other.  Objects and pathways become the talismans that we rely on to return to each other.  Sometimes we forget how to read our maps and become lost - the very things that we used to rely on appear illegibly strewn as litter in our tracks.

You Are Not Here is a series of oils on canvas and linen depicting extremely personal scenes from the exuberant beginnings and subsequent turbulant ending/s of the 12 year marriage of Prudence Groube (MIMACHAN) to her fellow-artist husband: 

"We started so young, and both so driven...I would never have picked up a paint brush seriously if it hadn't been for Christopher, so coming back to paint in the studio was initially a very difficult process.  

In truth I never saw the end coming until it was on both of us like a freight train.  It took a few years for the noise and hurt to settle a bit and let me look back and ask: Where did we loose each other?  The paintings in this series are those moments - some dark, some tender, and many downright funny (the beauty of hindsight!)  I liken the paintings a little to the original versions of Grimms' fairy tales that are far more violent than the ones we are used to hearing.  Tales in which princes don't get the girl, girls in red capes and hoods DO get eaten by hungry wolfs, and the spirits enjoy throwing more than a few spanners in the works.

My hope is that these "fairytales" invite the viewer to celebrate the human drive to relate and love; as bad of a job as we oftentimes make of it; the joy of humanity is owning the clumsy mess of the divine comedy of our-Selves." - pMg
Fact/otem was first exhibited at the New York Public Library - Hudson Park 2013; The Surreal Life curated by Len Cicio alongside 7 more completed works of the 15 planned for the series.  Look for a complete show by the end of 2014!


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Badlands
36x40" oil on linen

You turned to me after a a time

I don't remember how long it took

for you to see me

now I wonder if you ever saw me at all

and maybe you did

in that moment

on the pass

when the snake first challenged us

it was there

in the Badlands

in the fractured shadows of premonition

where I thought

I had lost

all sensation of

reason

our spirits long having left in disgust

Just as "the spirits" called us together, so New York called us.  We hurtled across the badlands of the Dacotas overnight.  Our mutual velocity jettisoned time and matter and I saw, smelt, heard, and tasted what lives "in-between."  

Badlands - detail
You Are Not Here is a series of oils on canvas and linen depicting extremely personal scenes from the exuberant beginnings and subsequent turbulant ending/s of the 12 year marriage of Prudence Groube (MIMACHAN) to her fellow-artist husband: 

"We started so young, and both so driven...I would never have picked up a paint brush seriously if it hadn't been for Christopher, so coming back to paint in the studio was initially a very difficult process.  

In truth I never saw the end coming until it was on both of us like a freight train.  It took a few years for the noise and hurt to settle a bit and let me look back and ask: Where did we loose each other?  The paintings in this series are those moments - some dark, some tender, and many downright funny (the beauty of hindsight!)  I liken the paintings a little to the original versions of Grimms' fairy tales that are far more violent than the ones we are used to hearing.  Tales in which princes don't get the girl, girls in red capes and hoods DO get eaten by hungry wolfs, and the spirits enjoy throwing more than a few spanners in the works.

My hope is that these "fairytales" invite the viewer to celebrate the human drive to relate and love; as bad of a job as we oftentimes make of it; the joy of humanity is owning the clumsy mess of the divine comedy of our-Selves." - pMg
Fact/otem was first exhibited at the New York Public Library - Hudson Park 2013; The Surreal Life curated by Len Cicio alongside 7 more completed works of the 15 planned for the series.  Look for a complete show by the end of 2014!