Sylvie Chartrand Sous-bois

Date(s): Aug 31 to Sep 11 2020


Sylvie Chartrand, Sous-bois 2, 2020

in collaboration with Yves Daoust

Sous-Bois inscribes itself in the disciplinary field of photography. Sylvie Chartrand’s residency at OBORO will allow her to generate a series of ambiguous portraits from the superimposition of shadows and parts of bruised bark. With their cracks, breaks and rot, trees defend themselves, heal and seek to recover. It is all of life, clever and resilient, that seems to get up and renew itself with them. At the edge of the visible, bruised barks sometimes deliver “promises of figures” that fascinate her; fish, reptiles, birds, mammals, humans and numerous expressions, unusual or familiar, stand out discreetly. Her intention is to take these emerging figures and to assert their singularity, their ambiguity, by surrounding them by a vague silhouette. Thus, each face will develop from the wound of a tree.

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Sylvie Chartrand, Sous-bois 2, 2020

Sylvie Chartrand is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Montreal. She approaches the human figure in relation to other forms of living things, arousing ambiguous imagery through the intermingling of their analogous features. Taking advantage of the phenomenon of pareidolia, she shows the body through its shadow, sharing in its contours its identity with that which is foreign to it.