Cow returns to MBAS
ÉloïseBrodeur’s repetitive use of the cow invites the visitor to a debate. She certainly calls into question the way our society functions, our methods of consumption, abundance, excess, overproduction and as well as the historical domestication of the animal. She also reflects her subject’s calm and equanimity by using an almost monochrome palette. The emptiness or open spaces, that surrounds the subject, brings balance and calls for serenity and introspection in the viewer.
The cow is a powerful archetype, a sacred animal whose traces can be found in early Egyptian mythology. Symbolically, it can represent a ray of sun; spiritually, it indicates interior illumination. In ancient Egypt, Hathor, symbolized by the cow, reigned over the primeval ocean, the avenue of rebirth. Its main attribute was its crown: a solar disc carried between its horns. In the ancient texts, we discover that it was the possessor of creative powers, promoting all forms of life whether plant, animal, or human, and was considered to be the goddess of joy, love, dance, and artistic creation. Artists in large numbers came to the temple of Hathor to find inspiration.
For Éloïse Brodeur, her interest is not in the cow itself, but in our reaction to it. Her meticulous brush challenges us to see the ordinary in a new way, to take the open spaces and fill them as we desire: perhaps a new perspective might emerge. Whether it is alone or in the midst of a herd, each of Éloïse’s cows emanates solitude and peace. Perhaps this explains why the artist, herself slender and full of energy, finds in these paintings “a space for reflection, a harbour of calm in a world dedicated to over-consumption and perpetual motion”.
Éloïse Brodeur graduated from Concordia University in Montreal and received various awards and scholarships for her artwork. Brodeur also had the opportunity of attending advanced drawing workshops in Umbria, Italy