2017 International Art Festival
Artist Official Entries
Marie Josee BergeronLaval (Quebec) Canada
The underlying tendency of my artistic works lies in questioning the biological essence of life as well as the physical makeup of matter. I’m interested in the overall concepts of transformation and metamorphosis, more precisely, I find myself fascinated by the unfolding of the path of life of elements from a body’s embryonic state through birth and their abilities to change. In constant search of textures to nourish my work, I take pictures and gather materials to return to the studio. All matter is sought as stimuli to glean visual cues and serve as inspiration. Tree bark, paper, metals, stone, wood and fabric are but some of my favored elements. The surface becomes a pretext for my spontaneous, intuitive and metaphorical experiments with matter. From my collection of various mediums of paint and mortar, regularly but not systematically positioned, I finish by creating a denuded pictorial relief from which, the remainder of my work emanates. This stage, for me, represents the structural framework of the painting. It is from these beginnings, and the hues & colors from a preselected palette, that I stage a visual and chromatic presentation, the brush dancing at will over the surface. I let myself go, freely and instinctively stroking the canvas, allowing shapes, lines and forms to shape random recognizable images. I remain in a state of awareness to that which emanates from my sub-consciousness. In my paintings, a shape is gradually fashioned one brush stroke spawned from the previous one - it is happenstance guiding my works to take their form. The interaction and transformation with nature’s natural life force that which transcends all logic, pushes me to create an imaginary universe, a space where the multiplicity of motion acts like a renewed mantra - it grows into a spiritual quest and absolute introspection and sets me on a journey of authenticity and truth.