Mo­ment of Grace ‒ Crea­tive Im­pulses and Hap­py En­thu­siasm

Magazin'Art - - Summary - Ma­rie-claude De­mers

“Sculp­ture is glo­wing me­mo­ry.” – Mi­guel An­gel As­tu­rias

The air is crisp and in­vi­go­ra­ting. Im­ma­cu­late snow co­vers the ground. Ad­mi­ring the sce­ne­ry and kee­ping an eye out for deer dar­ting through the val­leys, I make my way to­wards an ar­tist stu­dio set on the heights of a coun­try road that leads to in­fi­ni­ty. On this per­fect Sa­tur­day af­ter­noon, I am mee­ting with Ma­rie-claude De­mers, the outs­tan­din­gly ta­len­ted and ge­ne­rous ar­tist who dwells here. Her sculp­ture work in bronze is more than for­mi­dable, it is ma­gi­cal, su­blime, and bea­rer of hap­pi­ness. De­tail-orien­ted and mo­nu­men­tal, it is an ab­so­lute delight!

Ma­rie-claude De­mers was aware of her ar­tis­tic en­dow­ment at a ve­ry young age. Eve­ry single day, she would draw. Her no­te­book mar­gins were filled with sket­ched cha­rac­ters, ima­gi­na­ry or glea­ned from Walt Dis­ney te­le­vi­sion epi­sodes that nou­ri­shed her dreams. She ea­ger­ly ai­med to please one and all through her dra­wings. Ne­ver­the­less, as a young adult at uni­ver­si­ty she chooses to stu­dy psy­cho­lo­gy, a ca­reer she will ne­ver pur­sue des­pite ha­ving ob­tai­ned her di­plo­ma. Ma­rie-claude De­mers ra­ther fol­lows her true ins­tincts and hen­ce­forth who­le­hear­ted­ly em­braces ar­tis­tic crea­tion, while si­mul­ta­neous­ly illus­tra­ting a chil­dren's book. Af­ter prac­ti­cing the arts of dra­wing and pain­ting for al­most ten years, she switches her ef­forts to sculp­ture as she moves to In­ver­ness, the ideal lo­ca­tion for the crea­tion of bronze sculp­ture in Qué­bec.

Fan­ta­sy and rea­lism

“Bronze al­lows me to joy­ful­ly ex­press my­self with naïve hu­mour. I love being able to tell a fun­ny sto­ry that makes me laugh and share my plea­sure with spec­ta­tors.” The art of bronze ho­we­ver re­quires skills and ef­forts, dex­te­ri­ty and tech­ni­cal know­ledge, as well as a good sense of or­ga­ni­za­tion to adroit­ly in­ter­ca­late va­rious sleight of hand ges­tures. It goes wi­thout saying that the In­ver­ness foun­dry fa­ci­li­tates all tech­ni­cal as­pects and hea­vy hand­ling du­ring cas­ting of the piece. In fact, the ef­forts of at least ten per­sons will be re­qui­red to bring the en­ter­prise to frui­tion.

Of­ten ins­pi­red by fai­ry tales or le­gends, but even more of­ten by cha­rac­ters in­ci­ting fee­lings of hap­pi­ness, the sculp­tor al­lows her fin­gers to free­ly ma­ni­pu­late the oi­ly clay per her whims and fan­cies. She then works at ad­ding shapes, fol­lo­wing a nar­ra­tive the fi­na­li­ty of which is still unk­nown. The trim­ming, mo­del­ling and other poin­ted tools en­sure the me­ti­cu­lous skill and care with which she crafts

a wealth of de­tails in­to her fan­ci­ful and ge­nial scenes. The sculp­ture is then ta­ken to the foun­dry where the team co­vers it with si­li­cone to create a mold in­to which wax is pou­red. A wax sculp­ture is exac­ted, which Ma­rie-claude De­mers retouches, fur­ther re­fi­ning cer­tain as­pects. Fol­lows the al­ter­nate ap­pli­ca­tion of va­rious coats of li­quid bronze, which will melt the wax and leave the ne­ces­sa­ry space for the ac­tual struc­ture of the bronze sculp­ture.

High costs

The ar­tist faces a va­rie­ty of chal­lenges in areas of crea­tion, ma­na­ge­ment, plan­ning and or­ga­ni­za­tion, as well as the high costs of ma­te­rials. Se­rious plan­ning is re­qui­red as there is ve­ry lit­tle room for er­ror. Other­wise costs will ex­po­nen­tial­ly in­crease. “I am pas­sio­nate and de­ter­mi­ned. I be­lieve in the work I'm doing, hence no­thing can stop me.” About ten sculp­tures are thus crea­ted each year. And if some pieces are of­fe­red in com­pact for­mat num­be­red se­ries, the mo­nu­men­tal sculp­tures, such as the 3 metres long Don Quixote pre­sent­ly co­ve­red with snow in her gar­den, will most­ly re­main unique art pieces.

An evol­ving mar­ket

Ma­rie-claude De­mers mar­kets her art as would a sea­so­ned en­tre­pre­neur. Wi­de­ly re­pre­sen­ted in gal­le­ry, the ar­tist has set-up her posh and warm stu­dio in such a man­ner as to be able to convi­vial­ly wel­come pres­ti­gious col­lec­tors, bu­si­ness lea­ders, cor­po­ra­tions, gal­le­ry ow­ners and jour­na­lists wi­thout haste. “Pur­cha­sing a bronze sculp­ture worth thou­sands or tens of thou­sands of dol­lars re­quires time and re­flec­tion. Here, I can re­ceive my guests at ease. No-one needs hur­ry. Good wine and sa­vou­ry ap­pe­ti­zers, unique nor­thern ligh­ting and com­for­table sea­ting, ac­tual art pieces as well as sculp­ting tools, all ele­ments are in place to pro­vide the ideal at­mos­phere to ex­pe­rience a pri­vi­le­ged connec­tion with the pas­sion for art and crea­tion,” concludes Ma­rie-claude De­mers.

Let us men­tion the pres­ti­gious pre­sence of Ma­rie-claude De­mers as guest ar­tist at the Sym­po­sium des arts UV Mu­tuelle (Union-vie) of Drum­mond­ville, March 10 to 12, 2017, in the Pro­me­nades de Drum­mond­ville, QC.

Her art­works can be found at: Ate­lier Ma­rie-claude De­mers, 418-453-3351 Mu­sée du bronze, 1760 ch. Du­blin, In­ver­ness, QC, 418-453-2101 Ga­le­rie Jean­nine Blais, 100, Main Street, P.B. 90, North Hat­ley, QC, J0B 2C0, 819-842-2784 Ga­le­rie d’art Iris, 30, Saint-jean-bap­tiste, Baie-saint-paul, QC, G3Z 1L9, 418-435-0224 Ga­le­rie d’art La Ma­rée Mon­tante, 1317, che­min Royal, Saint-laurent, Île d'or­léans, QC, G0A 3Z0, 418-828-1859 Ga­le­ries d’art Beau­champ, in­fo@ga­le­rie­beau­ 1-877-694-2244

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