Artist Statement

Artist Statement

forest lace by Canadian artist Sandrine Pelissier

To me, painting is about time.

The time it takes to make a painting is made visible with repetitive lines, detailed patterns or scribbles that mark seconds like a metronome.

I like to think there is value in spending time making something that has no other use than being looked at, being devoted to the creative play and making that time tangible on the canvas. This is very much in opposition to how time is perceived in our society where there is a lot of pressure for efficient time management.

As anything to do with time, my paintings can be seen as a momento mori, confronting us with the implacable passage of time and our own mortality, trying to make sense of our place in nature.

There are also feminist undertones to my work as the patterns added to paintings and drawings are often reminiscent of traditional feminine crafts like knitting, crochet, quilting and working with fabric. I would like to make viewers reflect upon the artificial boundaries we created between fine art and craft, often as a way to distinguish work done by female or male artists.

patterned paintings and drawings

Most of my work is situated right at the limit between painting and drawing as I am exploring the tension created by line and wash and  the balance between opposite concepts, like the symmetry of geometric patterns and the asymmetry of organic designs, transparency and solidity, reality and imagination.

I have been co-organizing life drawing classes in my studio for many years now and working with the figure is becoming an important part of my work.

life drawing with patterns

My subjects, even though rooted in realism, often display a splash of the unreal, the unexpected or the whimsical. My direct environment has always been my source of inspiration as I would like my art to make you marvel at our world, and its daily simplicity, humor and beauty.

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