Photo : Hélène Cyr
Man in nature, his condition, his relationship to new technologies are at the heart of my reflections and my artistic practice.
A naked character is transposed into nature. By his expressive body language we understand that he is set in a dramatic context. The environment, more than a setting, is a haven of isolation for him and this scene challenges us by its contemporaneity. Here and there, the character draws on his new present to nourish his memories. His experience takes him to the frontiers of our time and the romantic idea of a new life.

My paintings are built by associations of keywords that come up in conversations and social networks - environment, forest, gluten, life, network, opinion, recognition, exploitation, publication, climate, like, plastic, etc. I sample by analogy, theme, words, character, scene. These are assembled in a certain sequence and become a fragmented vision which is an attempt to represent the current world.
Solo Project/ Vingt Vingt + un
The nude in nature, which became popular again in the 18th century, was used by the painters of the workshops and academies of the time (among others Eugène Delacroix and François Boucher) to express noble feelings and an ideal of beauty. Their characters, from religious pantheons or heroes of mythology, being by their origin above the simple mortal, could be represented naked and became an opportunity to study the human body. At the end of the 19th century, the relaxation of conventions in representation and modernity being felt, painters favored a more realistic approach, closer to everyday situations (among others Édouard Manet with Olympia).

To study and reproduce a character from a work of this period (Rococo - Romanticism), is to transpose onto your canvas all the aesthetics, the atmosphere of this century. To follow up on this context of art history cited above, I sampled in this heritage and took characters out of their original context and integrated them into a contemporary urban or natural scene. Without reference to the conventions of the narrative established in the works of this period, they remain, by the theatricality of the gestures imposed on the model, outside their new environment. My work focuses on integrating and creating a new narrative.

Faced with these incongruous situations, several questions arise for visitors. Are these characters from another century? Are they current? What do they think? How do they live this time?

Nature reshaped Project
The impact on nature of our North American lifestyle is unprecedented. This nature transformed by human designs is no longer a vision shared by the generations that follow one another, but a fragmented vision of which several parts are no more than a memory. As for a puzzle with missing pieces, I browsed the new archives (Google earth, Google street view) to bring out the parts of landscapes that have disappeared in this process of domination of nature. 
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