Marie-Eve Martel - De la Pénombre
Marie-Eve Martel holds a master in visual and media arts from the University of Québec in Montreal (2015) and a bachelor in visual arts from Concordia University (2006). Since 2006, she regularly exhibited her work in solos and group shows in Québec and on several occasions elsewhere in Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario). She also took part in different artists residencies, of which the Klonkide Institute of Art and Culture (in Dawson City, Yukon), and the Vermont Studio Center. The artist received several prizes and grants, including the CALQ, CAC, CCL, CEÉ, FJL, and is particularly grateful for the ongoing support of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation from which she had the honor of receiving three major grants (2008, 2009, 20011). Martel's work is part of various art collections such as the Loto-Québec Collection, the City of Montréal Collection, the Senvest Collection and the Yukon Government Art Collection. The exhibition "De la pénombre" brings together a body of painted works that deal with an imaginary landscape all at once Nordic, dreamlike, symbolic and mythical, inspired amongst other things by Laurentian landscapes. Wilder than tamed, nature mirrors the artist herein projecting the intuitive expression of her subconscious, in search of an elsewhere. Within matter a sort of animism smolders. Natural elements populate the spaces represented like anthropomorphized apparitions or mystical visions frozen in time. These entropic landscapes, where space is decomposed and recomposed, could be interpreted as the open end metaphor of a world "on the threshold" or turning, at once dusk and dawn.