ART IN A FEMININE PESPECTIVE
The colourful world of Jacqueline Gosselin is best defined through the impression it produces rather than through a detailed description of the pigments she uses. Phrases such as ‘imaginary journey', ‘philosophical reverie' or ‘vagabond moods' seem to more accurately translate her body of work. Enter a world of visual poetry!
Twelve years of incessant work have provided the Rosemere artist with an increasingly well-defined vision and a technique in accordance with her inspiration. Jacqueline Gosselin remembers her father as a skilled draughtsman who entertained her by telling her stories he simultaneously illustrated. She sat on his knees as an imaginary world opened up to her child's eyes. Her fondness towards the narrative line that characterizes each of her paintings may well be rooted in this distant memory. Whether initiated by observation of human behavior or travel impressions, each of Jacqueline Gosselin's canvases must convey a message. For example, in her studio, a painting depicts a flower that is losing its petals which is mirrored with two figures deep in conversation sitting on a checkered blanket squares of which are also coming loose. The passing of time, the imprints we leave.
At the heart of her approach, the artist is seeking to strike sensitive chords, to share the human experience. Her subjects emerge from her personal experiences; everything that moves her may serve as starting point for a new painting. Anchored in the present moment, she withdraws from reality and initially seeks inspiration while facing the blank page that is the yet untouched canvas. “As if I was expecting it to speak to me,” says the artist.
Intuitive, the artist favours materials that allow her maximum freedom. Although familiar with oil paint, she rather chooses acrylic for its flexibility and the possibilities it offers to explore mixed techniques. Objects, printed or stencilled paper; the act of discovery transforms into child's play. “Adding textures increases the sense of depth.” While she is a figurative painter, some areas of her canvases leave room for imagination. A piece of string glued on a span of turquoise sea, canopy like shapes or even brushstrokes resembling inclined masts, suggest a marine environment. Symbolism is always present, lending itself to the interpretation of whomever care to decipher its meaning. As for artists that inspire her, she cites Chagall for his imagination, Gauguin and Basquiat for their intensity of colour.
In a forthcoming exhibition entitled Between land and sea, warm colours will coexist with cold ones to represent these two worlds. Aquamarine dominates the sea areas of canvases while ochre and orange colours dazzle the land portions. Some fifty paintings will invite contemplation of as many fantasy worlds. These paintings must be observed without haste, so they may deliver their well-hidden message or parable that will assuredly resonate
with the observer. Themes vary from portrait to landscape, the artist having exerted great care to ensure this event circumvents “all that makes the world a beautiful place”.
Jacqueline Gosselin often writes poetry to accompany one of her paintings or be part of it, sometimes in a somewhat original manner such as on the back of this screen in a meticulously painted dreamlike scene, her words discretely snaking the back of the work. While words regularly provide inspiration, working from an imposed theme presents quite a challenge. This artist much prefers following her intuition and letting the painting reveal itself. Sketching offers her an outlet, a moment where constraints disappear clearing the way for pure creation, without the pressure of the canvas. “Whenever I sketch I push aside expectations. Sketching constitutes groundwork, but I try not to think about it. I try to relax to favor the free flow of inspiration.”
With such rigour and persistence, the artist regularly receives top honours and accolades from the local artistic community. She was named Meritorious Artist 2015 by the Rose-art Corporation, an award presented to the artist having demonstrated the highest degree of progress. Add to this the Jury's prize at the Terrebonne 2015 symposium (AAAVT symposium) and First Grand Prize at the Blainville-art 2016 exhibition/contest, two distinctions along the symposiums path. She also occasionally exhibits her works while not officially being represented in gallery.
For the time being, Jacqueline Gosselin's wish is to continue to take pleasure in painting and creating while preserving her freedom. She perceives the evolution in her art as being more stylistic than when she first started painting, distanced from true realism in a style she qualifies as semi-modern. She is also interested in sculpture, having already tried her hand at it. She would love to further explore this medium. Her personal objective simply consists of always being slightly better with each new painting.
Angle de la côte et du souvenir