2008 | ANGÈLE VERRET : Angèle Verret


Doubt and uncertainty: two words that aptly sum up the entire approach to my creative output. In its essence, a doubt spun from the desire to see and be seen, with all that implies in terms of openness, jumping from one hotbed of inspiration to the next, and drifting out of one’s comfort zone. A study in need and loss; hopes and expectations; the captivation of the senses and the limits of perception… In short, doubt cradled in illusion.

The resulting work is intended to question, and to instill a sense of place wherein, as when one wanders, the body is at once engaged yet disconcerted.

My process consists of layering liquid paint in a random, repetitive sequence. This sets the tone for spontaneous, unexpected explorations juxtaposing surface malleability, a fluidity barely containable, and subtle, colour-tinged luminosity. The use of the airbrush medium makes it possible to interact directly with the surface while avoiding a relief effect. Such an absence of any appreciable relief or impasto enables one to call into question the image—and thus, offers up an enigmatic materiality, a paradoxical presence/absence, that calls on the observer to generate awareness through tactile perception. My modus operandi was purposefully anonymous: I saw the layers disappear to later reappear upon drying; I laid down stroke after stroke, then rubbed them out and wrote on the “water,” indefatigably erasing what I had just laid down. I had to make the rest up as I went along, even as I hoped what had gone before would live on in a trace or a suggestion.

Angèle Verret

Montreal native Angèle Verret was born in 1942. She taught plastic arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) from 1969 to 2002. Serendipity and randomness loom large in her creative process, informing images whose quasi-photographic aesthetic tinge an observer’s perceptions with doubt. Her solo exhibits include, notably, Entre-là, at Galerie B-312 (2008), and Co-incidence, at the Plein sud Exhibition Centre in Longueuil (2003); among her group exhibits are Peinture-Peinture, organized by the Contemporary Art Galleries Association of Montreal (1998), and Avancer dans le brouillard (curator: Anne-Marie Ninacs), shown at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (2004-05). She is the recipient of the 2001 Graff Award and of the 2007 Artistic Creation Award for the Montérégie region from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Home for Angèle is currently Montreal, also the heart of her creative life. Her works are included in numerous public and private collections.

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