Artist Statement

Sandrine Pelissier North Vancouver artist statement

Artist Statement

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.

Aesthetically, I like to explore tensions created by the balance between opposite concepts, like the symmetry of geometric patterns and the asymmetry of organic designs, transparency and solidity, reality and imagination.

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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