ARTISTE VISUELLE CONTEMPORAINE
CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTIST
IN MY CHILDHOOD SERIES
When working on this series, I use photographs taken during the early to middle 20th century. My childhood doesn't cover the whole period, of course, but the stories of friends and family members who experienced The Great War, the Great Depression and WWII contributed to fashioning my understanding of the world. As I work on the drawings and paintings, I can't help but wonder what it might have been like to be the person in the photo. What was his or her life like at that particular moment?
During the 1920s to 1950s, Montreal experienced significant social and cultural changes. The Great Crash caused economic instability and job losses, leading to social tensions and unrest. The city underwent rapid industrialization and urbanization, which resulted in increased immigration and the growth of a diverse and multicultural society. Religious institutions played a significant role in shaping social norms, with the Catholic Church holding significant influence over daily life. The Church's role was particularly prominent during the Duplessis era, when Quebec was governed by a conservative and authoritarian regime that sought to maintain traditional values and social structures.
ABOUT CONTEMPORARY ART
Contemporary art is a diverse and dynamic field that encompasses a wide range of styles, techniques, and mediums. One of its most influential movements is expressionism, which emerged in the early 20th century and continues to influence artists today. Expressionism is characterized by an intense focus on emotion and subjective experience, often conveyed through bold, gestural brushstrokes and vivid colors. As an artist working in the expressionist tradition, my works convey a personal, emotional response to the world.
In contemporary art, expressionism can take many forms. Some artists work with traditional mediums such as paint and canvas, while others use more unconventional materials and techniques. For example, some contemporary expressionist artists may incorporate found objects, video, or performance art into their work to explore issues of identity, politics, and social justice.Through our work, we invite viewers to engage with their emotions, experiences, and ideas in new and profound ways.