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To become one with matter

By 3 December 2016 No Comments

To become one with matter Ceramist, beautician, painter or karateka, Diane Lemieux follows an atypical course that may look disjointed for those who do not know how to look closely at what constitutes the thread of an artistic approach. However, this artist from Val-d’Or has a fascination for the human body, whether of light or matter. Already in high school, in her of art classes, Diane Lemieux  experimented with face molding. Plaster or porcelain, it takes shape under her fingers. Self-taught in large part, it is in books that she seeks new techniques. She later studied aesthetics at a private school in Montreal, where she practiced for many years. In parallel, in her creation, she practices the art of the portrait, whereas, during the day, she makes up the faces. No wonder the human body is at the heart of her research. The anatomy, the musculature, the skin textures, her work of creation lingers in turn to different aspects of the body. “I always observed my clients through a magnifying glass, it made me see things from an unusual point of view, the flaws, the peculiarities, and I found it inspiring,” says Diane Lemieux. A karate and martial arts enthusiast since the age of 14, she is also interested in the movement that can be expressed in works but also in Japanese culture in general, which has a certain influence on the spirit of her art. works. The nobility of clay The proximity of the Harricana River and its clay banks was a trigger for the painter to explore the work in relief. “Near my home, i would take my canoe and collect clay,  which is quite difficult to work with. Afterwards I bought clay which was easier to work with. I like it when it’s difficult and it gives me a hard time. It is a challenge that encourages me to go further, “says Diane, who willingly trades her brushes to directly touch the raw material. In 2015, she made a cultural trip to the heart of rural Japan, visiting museums and workshops of traditional ceramists. “I had the chance to meet artisans, watch them work with natural clays and learn other ways of doing things. I am now exploring to apply this in my studio. Sometimes it works and sometimes it breaks, but I’m getting good results, “says Diane. “The clay in Abitibi, when it is worked,  is gray but when it is cured, it turns red, it is very impressive! ” It was in 2015 that the Val-d’Or Exhibition Center dedicated an exhibition to Diane Lemieux, after a research project that led her to question of sports enthusiasts training centers. about the love / hate relationship they have with their bodies. The research led to a series of terracotta paintings and torsos in which Diane Lemieux sometimes puts forward  the aesthetic research, with the contradictions which are grappling with fitness enthusiasts. Although she has had the opportunity to work in different professions, the creation remains the primary motivation for Diane Lemieux. “Art is part of me, I can not imagine say I renouncing. It’s not a hobby. It’s my job, “she says with confidence. New exhibition projects are on the horizon for the fall of 2017, hoping that the public of Abitibi-Témiscamingue will have the opportunity to discover what can emerge from the meeting in the hands of the artist and clay from here. // Ariane Ouellet – Dec. 3 2016 Number: December 2016 -January 2017 http://www.indicebohemien.org/numeros/decembre-2016-janvier-2017