The Vieux Forgeron Gallery Presents
Jianchun Zhang was born in Kunming, China and moved to Montreal in 1995. A surgeon by training, she has always been drawn to the wonders of landscape and the nature. Travelling around the world, she started taking pictures.
“Memory, injury, secret, dreams, desire, sensuality, suffering, woman, nature, disorder, and confusion: some of the terms that can define the visual atmosphere that surrounds the work of Brigitte Blanchet.”
Both artists will be showing their work in the second exhibition of the summer at the Vieux Forgeron in Stanstead which runs till July 26.
Zhang’s series of photographs focus on the life-sustaining element of water. Sun and clouds are reflected in the water of terraced rice fields resulting in colors that give an impressionist effect and feeling of mystery. In February the rice paddies are filled with water to prevent them from collapsing, this, according to Zhang, is the best time of the year to see the play of color and ethereal quality of landscape.
From the hot springs of Yellow Stone Park to the lakes around Montreal and the bright light of the full moon on the Lachine Canal, we see the abstract effect of light and water from Zhang’s eye view. “There are moments in my life when I seem to see beyond the usual, looking through the lens. I was always fascinated by the miracles of the ever-changing nature, especially the ever-moving colors. These are my moments of great happiness.”
Painting primarily in acrylic, Blanchet’s exhibition is a retrospective of her work from the last fifteen years. The theme of her painting is also nature and the beauty of landscape. Inspired by her time living in the Bas St. Laurent, she spent many hours painting outside in the countryside. Her exhibition is a “melange de figuration”: the land, birds, people, and the human body. She paints to express what it is she is living. “I prefer painting and mixed media techniques. Art is for me a means of communication and expression that is essential to social development.”
Blanchet works as a Special Education and Art teacher in the Sherbrooke area. She uses art as the avenue for creative expression with young people through the school program “La Culture à l’École”. Her work has exhibited throughout Quebec including the Museum of Fine Arts in Sherbrooke.
The Vieux Forgeron is located at 240a Dufferin St. in Stanstead. Gallery hours are Thurs-Sun, 11-6 pm.
Photographer Jianchun Zhang, who took this photo, sees the world differently through her camera lens.