“State of mind” pho­to­graphs

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Since Satur­day Jan­uary 15, the Musée des Beaux-arts de Sherbrooke presents un­til 13 March 2011, pho­tog­ra­pher Nathalie Daoust’s Frozen in Time, Switzer­land. The ex­hi­bi­tion com­prises some 30 works by this in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed artist. The vernissage will take place on Satur­day 15 Jan­uary, at 5:00 p.m., in the pres­ence of the artist.

Mon­treal-based Nathalie Daoust of­fers us Frozen in Time, a project car­ried out dur­ing a six-month res­i­dency of­fered by the Con­seil des Arts et des Let­tres du Québec at the Christoph Me­rian Foun­da­tion in Basel, Switzer­land. The artist sought to pre­serve the sense of sus­pended time and the me­mory of unique mo­ments im­pressed upon her by the per­ma­nence, time­less­ness and per­fec­tion of the Alps. She used a cam­era ob­scura to cre­ate black and white pho­to­graphs that she then coloured by hand, seek­ing not only to cap­ture a me­mory of the lo­ca­tion, but also to pre­serve her state of mind at the time: a feel­ing of be­ing im­mo­bi­lized in time, the im­pres­sion of an un­real world and of too per­fect land­scapes. To ac­cen­tu­ate this feel­ing of un­real, the artist adds to her im­ages char­ac­ters that seem out of place in such an en­vi­ron­ment.

‘It is an au­da­cious ex­per­i­ment that aims at over­com­ing the con­fines of tra­di­tional tem­po­ral per­spec­tive dis­cov­er­ing new ex­pres­sive means, new three-di­men­sional tricks and new dark­room tech­niques. Hu­man be­ings have al­ways held a spe­cial fas­ci­na­tion for this artist and, in her pho­to­graphs, she has cho­sen to un­der­score a re­cur­ring as­pect in the be­hav­iour of cre­ative peo­ple, peo­ple whose in­ner selves are po­ets, who have the souls of chil­dren, who are rest­less: the typ­i­cally hu­man de­sire of of­ten want­ing to es­cape into an en­chanted world, into the world of dreams and to take off for mys­te­ri­ous, fan­tasy-filled places. Imag­i­na­tion as an al­ter­na­tive to re­al­ity, while re­main­ing an­chored in the real world.’ by Cristina Fran­zoni, Zoom Mag­a­zine.

photo cour­tesy

Rest­ing, Switzer­land, 2007, pin­hole pho­tog­ra­phy, b & w hand coloured im­age

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