Mixed palette

Cherubic neo-Nazis just part of painter's view

| June 24, 2010

In one of Marie Hausauer's paintings, a cherub reaches gracefully through the puffy clouds of a heavenly sky for the hand of another cherub. At first glance, the image doesn't seem like an edgy statement on anything in particular. Sure, one cherub is white-skinned with pink, punk-rock hair, and the other cherub is dark-skinned, but their angelic faces and the pastel wash of colors give the scene a serene and impenetrable glow. Upon closer inspection, however, you'll notice the painting's title, "Post Googling Prussian Blue & April Gaede." It's a reference to white supremacist Gaede, who gained notoriety when she moved to the Flathead area in 2006 with her family, including twin daughters who were, at the time, in a neo-Nazi band called Prussian Blue.

In that light, it becomes clear Hausauer's art has a story to tell.

“Post Googling Prussian Blue & April Gaede” is one of several pieces artist Marie Hausauer will show for her exhibit, The Random Musings of a Hermit, which opens July 1 at the Walking Man Frame Shop & Gallery in Whitefish.
  • “Post Googling Prussian Blue & April Gaede” is one of several pieces artist Marie Hausauer will show for her exhibit, The Random Musings of a Hermit, which opens July 1 at the Walking Man Frame Shop & Gallery in Whitefish.

Hausauer, 21, lives in Whitefish where she was born and raised in an environment she considers privileged and lucky. But a recent Holocaust revisionist film presented by white supremacists at the nearby Kalispell Public Library reminded her that idyllic small towns can also be hot pockets for fanatics.

"It's so sheltered up here," Hausauer says. "I can walk down the street at night and not be scared. So when something that dramatic is going on—people totally comfortable with showing a movie saying that the Holocaust didn't happen—it all seems so bizarre and foreign."

Hausauer and her father and sister went to Kalispell to protest the film's screening. That night police arrested Gaede after she clashed with the protesters. Afterward, the event stuck in Hausauer's mind and she decided to tackle it in an unusual way.

"Usually I would paint something super angry about it and dark, but I kind of didn't want to give [the white supremacists] that much credit 'cause they're warped in the head," says Hausauer. "It makes them more of a threat if I spend that kind of time and energy looking at [Gaede] like she's some foul enemy. So making the painting all kind of cutesy undermines her in my mind."

Up until recently, Hausauer lived and painted in a renovated barn behind her parents' house. During that time she created "Haunted," which, like "Post Googling," is an engaging painting with a curious backstory. The image shows a somber woman with flowing hair and a cameo necklace, and the background is coated in bodice ripper novels from old Reader's Digests, giving it a mysterious and vintage flavor. Hausauer began painting it when she started hearing footsteps and whispers in the barn even though she was the only one there.

"You start talking about this kind of stuff and you start sounding like a crock," Hausauer laughs. "But it's a creepy feeling when you're somewhere and you realize that maybe you're not the only one there. There was no blood dripping out of the walls or anything. It wasn't an evil feeling, just a noticeable presence."

The painting itself isn't really a reflection or literal portrayal of being haunted. Hausauer says she painted it in order to process the creepy feeling she was experiencing.

"It's not a really complicated painting, intellectually," says Hausauer. "I was trying to figure out if I should be freaked out about ghosts in the barn, kind of hoping that painting would maybe appease it and it would leave me alone a little bit. It's such a pretentious, loaded word, but it's kind of a meditation."

Hausauer recently mo-ved into another residence in town—this one isn't haunted—and she's hoping to clear out a space in her garage for another studio. For now she's not interested in art school ("I think it might give me too many rules," she says), and, instead, she's hoping to collaborate with other artists and work on pieces for exhibits, like her upcoming The Random Musings of a Hermit, which opens this week at Walking Man Frame Shop & Gallery in Whitefish.

And, so far, she continues to find plenty of muses to choose from in her hometown. Her volunteer work at the local food bank inspired her recently to do a completely different piece—this one on glass—that's a tribute to some of the senior citizens she's gotten to know there. It's a colorful acrylic called "Creamed Corn (you guys rock)," a portrait of three older folks from the food bank. It's part of Hausauer's revelation she had about the way in which that particular demographic is treated.

"A lot of times we don't think of them as competent members of society," she says. "We talk to them a little slower like they're not going to understand, and if you disagree with what someone elderly says you let it go, because they're old. I think it's sad to stop expecting things out of people. Working there kind of contradicted my idea of how you treat older people. I think they rock."

Marie Hausauer shows her work at an exhibit titled, The Random Musings of a Hermit, beginning Thursday, July 1, at the Walking Man Frame Shop & Gallery in Whitefish. 6 PM. Free.

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Good thing nobody takes art seriously.

Hi ya, April.

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Posted by Baldy on 06/13/2013 at 9:38 PM

This painting is just typical Jew pornography, showing a disgusting little Niglet with his butt hanging out of his diaper and a bare-breasted white youth who appears happy to see it.

And for the record, only a fool would believe in the Holohoax. If the Jews wanted to have a legitimate gripe against Hitler and the Nazis, they ought to argue he should have used even MORE Zyclon-B and "Gas chambers," since doing so would have saved additional Jews by delousing their clothing thereby preventing the spread of the deadly disease Typhus.

The Nazi "gas chambers" SAVED hundreds of thousands of Jews. Hitler was obsessed with the safety and well-being of the Jews, it was in his best interest to look out for their well-being.

You want us to believe April Gaede is the bizarre one? Get real.

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Posted by Oscar Yeager on 06/13/2013 at 1:45 PM

What an interesting display of Liberal White Supremacy that painting is! Is not the superiority of the "higher" white angel giving a helping hand to the "lower" brown angel interesting? Visual proof of the implicit supremacist attitude of the liberal mindset, which anoints itself the superior which raises the lowly brownies into the heaven of liberal whiteness.

Talk about a condescending attitude!

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Posted by Frankie Weisse on 06/12/2013 at 12:20 PM

Shame on your privilege that allows you to paint instead of getting a real job. That money you spent for paint could have fed a small African village for a month!

Take a vow of poverty if you want to help brown people so much you hypocrite.

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Posted by Rita Rabbitowitz on 06/12/2013 at 9:55 AM

thats hilarious, especially since that painting hasn't been done by marie. but at least you're funny D.

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Posted by IwishIwasAsFunnyAsD on 07/02/2010 at 7:42 PM

Yes. I especially liked the one of a big fluffy white cloud in the shape of a bunny rabbit entitled "Who Needs Ukrainians Anyway?"

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Posted by D on 07/02/2010 at 9:29 AM

Marie you're art show was amazing. Keep up the good work!!

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Posted by fanofmarie on 07/02/2010 at 8:38 AM

To D,

LOL! The audacity of April Gaede to think articles about April Gaede are any of her business! ;)

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Posted by Why so low? on 07/01/2010 at 9:08 PM

Imagine that--April "always there" to defend herself. I think that calls for a painting of dogs playing poker entitled "150 Million Dead Blamed on Bad Management."

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Posted by D on 07/01/2010 at 8:41 PM

To GOmarie,

Attacking April's children is about as low as it gets but it is expected from your vile type and the company you keep. I hope your comment is removed soon as I expect this one to be.

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Posted by Why so low? on 07/01/2010 at 8:18 PM

I find it funny that no matter where an article about april is written she's always there to write some snarky comment. Perhaps you could better spend your time april, giving prussian blue singing lessons, or keeping your two lovely daughters away from the harmful substance abuse seen in their high school. Keep up the good work lady! Marie your artwork is amazing.

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Posted by GOmarie on 07/01/2010 at 4:19 PM

I don't agree with April Gaede's politics, but I've found she's a great neighbor and very nice person. This art is just strange, and says more about the artist than the subject...

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Posted by Lynne on 07/01/2010 at 10:54 AM

Her next piece should be of kittens and yarn balls entitled "I'm Not Obsessed With April."

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Posted by D on 07/01/2010 at 10:20 AM

We need another viewpoint to keep things in proper perspective. How about some paintings titled "Post Googling Jewish Communism", "Post Googling Israeli Atrocities", "Post Googling Federal Reserve Privately Owned", "Post Googling Iraq War for Israel" or "Post Googling Jews and Immigration"?

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Posted by DF on 07/01/2010 at 9:32 AM

A comment from this thread had to be removed because it didn't follow our basic guidelines. Armchair arts criticism is fine, but personal attacks having nothing to do with the work will be removed.

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Posted by editor on 07/01/2010 at 9:27 AM

This is really subpar, sort of ninth grade acrylic painting class with that old teacher that just doesn't care anymore. Half way between kitsch and just plain bad satirical 'art.'

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Posted by Johnny on 07/01/2010 at 8:03 AM

Marie should move to a black hole like Detroit or Chicago and see what her evening walks inspire. April might be her best friend.

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Posted by Grandpa1943 on 06/30/2010 at 6:24 PM

While I am flattered at the energy Marie put into this I have to admit that it would be much nicer if the art was more realistic, and just um......better. Nevertheless I know that it is the thought that counts. Thanks Marie. Maybe in the future you will take the time to actually find out what your subject is about before getting creative instead of just taking the word of the local rabbi. Remember Arbeit macht Frei! April Gaede

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Posted by April on 06/30/2010 at 12:12 PM

I have seen that style somewhere before. MAD Magazine I think. Hideous creatures. It should be called The Desecration of Cherubs because she destroyed something that should be beautiful.

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Posted by Bloody Mary on the Rocks on 06/30/2010 at 12:24 AM

I noticed Marie Hausauer dutifully describe her environment as privileged and lucky. From the looks of things, it appears she's better trained in White self-hatred than in art.

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Posted by D on 06/29/2010 at 8:22 PM
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