Photo : Hélène Cyr
Curiosity and exploration define my work. I'm looking for what looks like me now, sampling the web and the human trace.
 
My paintings, collages, drawings or objects are designed by associations of keywords that dominate conversations and social networks - environment, forest, gluten, life, network, opinion, recognition, exploitation, publication, climate, like, plastic, etc. I sample by analogy, theme, word, character, scene. These are put together in a certain sequence and, from fragmented vision, become new narration.

I juggle several sources. I work my models digitally. I function like a VJ who assembles, confronts, draws, borrows and recreates a personal version and powerfully anchored in my time.
Novo Romantism Project
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. The first decade of the 19th century (the French Revolution) was a time of profound change with regard to the arts and to life in general. At the end of this century, the relaxation of conventions in representation and modernity being felt, painters favored a more realistic approach, closer to everyday situations (including Édouard Manet with Olympia).

At the end of the last years of pandemic and confinement, I perceive an honest search for the expression of our feelings, our fears and our hopes, like the artists of the Romantic era. To study and reproduce a character from a work from this period is to transpose the whole aesthetic, the atmosphere of this century.

To follow up on this context of art history mentioned above, I sampled characters from this heritage, took them out of their original context and integrated them into a contemporary scene. I have structured my paintings without providing precise indications, which gives everyone the possibility, from their own vision, to live an experience that will take them to the frontiers of our time and the romantic idea of ​​a new life. 
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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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