La Cage et les deux âmes by Sandra Chevrier X Martin Whatson

A dance between reality and imagination, truth and deception, Sandra Chevrier reinterprets the superhero mask, using collage or loose and heavy textures of paint, comic book prints of scenes from Superman and Batman, and conceals the faces of these idealized women creating an illusion of emerging from the surreal world within the canvas.

Created

2016

Medium

Screen print

Presentation

Edition of 300

Signed

Signed and numbered

Size

28 x 39″

La Cage et les deux âmes by Sandra Chevrier X Martin Whatson

Sandra Chevrier, who calls herself a “gaze collector,” creates hyperrealistic paintings of women that stare out towards the viewer. A dance between reality and imagination, truth and deception, Chevrier reinterprets the superhero mask, using collage or loose and heavy textures of paint, comic book prints of scenes from Superman and Batman, and conceals the faces of these idealized women creating an illusion of emerging from the surreal world within the canvas. Chevrier selects sections of comic books that portray “fragile heroes,” promoting the idea that vulnerability often underlies heroism. Titled “Cages,” these mixed-media works encourage viewers to consider how the modern woman—like these superheroes—might also be surrounded by expectations of effortless perfection.


She exposes the limitations within our world, our self-imposed expectations and the cages we have allowed to bar us from fullness of life’s experience.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Born in 1983, Chevrier got her Bachelor’s degree in visual and media arts from UQAM – The Université du Québec à Montréal. As a self-taught artist, Sandra Chevrier first fell in love with art as a kid, expressing her emotions through pencil drawing. At first, she draw sketches of eyes, all the time. This initial passion is highly visible in her present work. She can recall a precise moment that made her realize that she wanted to become an artist – as a teenager, she visited one gallery in Montreal, where she saw a painting that had a strong impact on her. The painting was Detritus Of Devotion, made by a Canadian artist Heidi Taillefer. As Sandra felt a powerful rush of emotions, she realized that she desired to be able to make people feel the same while looking at some of her own creations.


Although she’s based in Montreal, Canada, her work is also shown in the United States, United Kingdom and in Norway. The most successful series up to date – Super heroes Cages, obtains a worldwide success. Her artworks are now in the collections of art collectors all over the world – Europe, USA, Netherlands, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Russia, and many more.

 
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