To deceive appearances
On the occasion of the Objectif Photo Eastern Townships event, three photographers present various works of art at the Yvonne L.Bombardier Cultural Center, on the theme of Appearances, until December 15th. Catherine Rondeau’s revelation of the child and her imagination, Chloé Beaulac’s open-narrative paintings, and Luc Pallegoix’s diverse bodies of deer head challenge the sometimes deceptive appearances.
Well-being, the use of firearms and spontaneous car rides: that’s what inspired Chloé Beaulac in the four series of works she presents. Combining photography and encaustic with pyrography and drawing, the artist always incorporates a touch of mysticism in his paintings.
“In my works, everything looks very dark. I try to create an “already-seen”, so that people feel connected. In photography or drawing, I create works so that people can tell stories, “she says.
Stimulated by impulsive walks, the artist uses two characters to discover Quebec in the series À la dérive. At first glance, the paintings suggest that they are simple photos, while, closely, the traces left by the burns of pyrography are visible.
“It is a representation of the memory of the Quebec territory, which is always changing. ”
The series Holy Place represents, for its part, different sanctuaries where well-being hovers.
“In photography or drawing, I create works so that people can tell stories. ”
– Chloé Beaulac
“These are places that create a connection with nature and with places where one feels well and rested. They bring out these aspects of well-being and well-being, “explains Chloé Beaulac.
Pilgrim the unknown was born when the artist wanted to give a second life to an abandoned box of photos, found in the middle of a street.
“It’s the life of a globetrotter who was put in the trash. From her images, I created a postapocalyptic universe, “reveals Chloé Beaulac, stating that she knows the artist behind the abandoned images, but that she does not disclose her identity intentionally.
Finally, it’s a firearms course that inspired Nature between us. After altering images of the handbook, links between nature and man came out.
In a complex world where adults dictate the rules, children can snuggle into the imaginary that, according to Catherine Rondeau, can be of great help. As part of a master’s thesis in communication, the artist found inspiration for the series On the other side of the mirror.
In addition to a nod to Lewis Caroll, Catherine Rondeau presents 15 works depicting a child in a parallel world. Taken and modified by the artist, sometimes tragic, sometimes playful, photographs take you into a world where truth and falsity intertwine.
“I was trying to understand what the imaginary function was for. My daughters were young at the time and I was struck by the omnipresence of the imagination in their daily lives. During my research, I came across the parallel of storytelling and childlike thinking, “explains Catherine Rondeau.
The need for safety and love of a child and the close connection with the story were the guidelines of the artist during his creative process.
“I was trying to understand what the imaginary function was for. ”
– Catherine Rondeau
“For a child, living in a world of rules can be difficult,” she continues. He needs a recreational stop, which allows him to take off. The protagonists in the tales are often small and vulnerable. In the course of history, they will have to fight an antagonist who is bigger than them. This is one of the reasons why tales are of interest to children: they talk to them. ”
Nevertheless, she does not consider The other side of the mirror as a series of storybook illustrations.
“I have never tried to illustrate the tales, but there are correspondences between the themes. For example, there is the theme of the Forbidden Forest found in Le petit poucet and Hansel and Gretel. The image bounces on themes that speak to children. ”
The artist Luc Pallegoix proposes The ectomorphic deer, a series that was to be exposed for only three months, but which has been circulating for seven years. In a room where two trees are lying, the photographic series presents a human with a deer’s head in many of its forms.
Several models with diversified bodies were photographed, replacing their head with that of a deer. The reasons behind this creative drive? Luc Pallegoix wishes to reveal only a few.
“There was a need for the mask, and I wanted to work on the human body, its beauty and diversity,” he says.
French by birth, the artist incorporates into his works his life, the history of art and a touch of mythology.
“Since my arrival in the Eastern Townships in 2006, I notice a closeness to wild beasts that I did not know as a European,” he admits. There is a duality we have as a human being. At the point of the classification of things, we are very civilized animals. Since deer are numerous in Estrie, we find here a symbolism. Moreover, if we connect with the history of art and mythology, the man with the deer’s head, we find it in Celtic cultures. ”
This desire to exploit beauty has nevertheless been made from authenticity.
“The original intention was to go for the real and not the magazine bodies. I wanted to go for the beauty of things in ugly things, like scars or moles. ”
To his works is added the notion of narrative. Above certain works are even writings that sometimes come spontaneously and sometimes meditatively.
“There was a need for the mask, and I wanted to work on the human body, on its beauty and diversity. ”
– Luc Pallegoix
“I take an old principle of the history of art: highlight what is said to the character or what the character expresses. As in literature, I will create characters and make them meet. I myself remain surprised stories that can emerge. “